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Phuket officials ban alcohol in restaurants, ‘social activities’ ‒ again

Phuket officials ban alcohol in restaurants, ‘social activities’ ‒ again

PHUKET: Phuket officials have banned the sale and consumption of alcohol in all restaurants again, and reinstituted the ban on all “social activities” in an order issued late last night (Aug 2).

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By The Phuket News

Tuesday 3 August 2021, 10:27AM


The bans came into effect by an order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday, and are to remain in effect until at least Aug 16.

The order was posted online by the “Phuket info Center”, operated by the Phuke office of the Ministry of Interior, at 10:13pm last night ‒ just 1 hour and 47 minutes before the order came into effect.

The new order repeats many of the same restrictions already in place ‒ announced through a succession of new official orders issued roughly every 72 hours over the past two weeks.

The order, as posted by Phuket Info Center, notes the following:

All pubs, bars, karaoke and other entertainment venues everywhere in Phuket are ordered “temporarily” closed, though in reality they have been continually ordered to remain closed now for months.

Other venues ordered to remain closed are venues for cockfighting, fish fighting, bird racing, chicken racing, boxing stadiums and gambling venues, including training venues, and venues for snooker, billiards or pool tables as well as computer game and online game shops, 

Boxing and martial arts schools of all types (Woosoo, Karate, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Boxing, Judo, Aikido, etc.) are to remain closed.

Swimming pools open to the general public for both government and private entrepreneurs are to remain closed.

All educational institutions and all tutoring institutes except non-formal private schools with no more than five participants in a class are to remain closed.

“Activities in which groups of more than 50 people are gathered shall not be organized unless it is an activity performed by a competent official,” the order noted.

“Do not gather in groups to do activities, socialize, drink alcohol in public areas, beaches, parks,” it added.

Department stores, shopping centres are allowed to operate normally, except for games centres, game machines, game shops and amusement centres are to suspend service.

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“Food or beverage outlets can allow patrons to consume food or beverages in the shop as usual by refraining from selling and refrain from drinking alcohol or alcoholic beverages in the shop,” the order noted.

Fresh markets, flea markets and walking street markets must enforce measures to prevent and control disease and limit the number of customers by enforcing social distancing of four square metres per person.

Convenience stores are allowed to operate “as usual”, but only from 4am to 11pm.

Stadiums or venues for outdoor exercise, parks, courtyards, open-air public events and indoor sports must close at 9pm. Sports involving contact are prohibited and there must be no spectators or gatherings.

Places for indoor exercise such as courts, gyms, fitness centers, yoga, aerobics, exercise classes, badminton must close at 9pm.

Regarding “Social Activities”, all people are “to refrain from organizing parties, celebrations, festive events”.

Traditional ceremonies that cannot be postponed, such as funerals, ordinations, marriage, religious or merit-making cermonies, may be held with permission for relevant officials and must comply with all COVID-19 prevention measures.

All government offices and private businesses are to arrange staff to work off-site where possible.

Filming of movies and TV shows must not involve more than 50 people and there must be no viewers participating in the programme. Exemption from wearing a mask or cloth mask in some cases or during certain periods of filming must be carried out in accordance with the guidelines for filming and television programs as approved by the CCSA.

The order singled out migrant workers for special attention by officials under the section “Strict inspection measures for places or activities that are at risk of epidemic clusters.”

“Competent officials” were ordered to strictly inspect places or activities that are at risk of spreading the disease, “such as factories and migrant workers’ accommodations or other places”, to ensure the locations meet the conditions laid out by the Ministry of Public Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Dave_C | 04 August 2021 - 20:58:09

It is absolutely sad that Phuket Sandbox has failed. As an Expat we all hoped that this would kickstart the Phuket economy. For what ever reason this has been made a real meal of !!
Maybe the Governments of this world learn that over governing is not the solution. 

Taswegian | 04 August 2021 - 11:54:15

Just wondering, if we fully vaccinated Australians are ever allowed to leave for overseas holidays again, what would make us go back to Phuket. I have holidayed there many times, but the thought of 14 days in a one star quarantine hotel is putting me off.

JohnC | 04 August 2021 - 09:40:19

Nothing competent in the way officials are handling this crisis. Instead of just calling any officer in uniform "competent" how about getting some "qualified" officials who actually have a clue what they are saying before they open their mouths.

GerryT81 | 04 August 2021 - 09:01:47

Phuket officials keep pooping into the sandbox with their measures.

Kurt | 04 August 2021 - 07:38:33

...That it make many small businesses more miserable they don't care. With a illogic order they put more thai people in misery, because they same time not provide financial assistance to their 'brothers and sisters'. Just a wai and cheap goodies handing out with sometimes a tv session of goodies and photo of the unspeakable while sitting on the concrete, surrounded by full belly unifor...

Kurt | 04 August 2021 - 07:23:55

Much is 'fantasy-handling' here. Half the time they don't know what they are doing. It is just doing for doing it. Two things are always on top of their list since 2015 !: 1: Obedience training with alcohol sales ban. 2: Forbid alcohol sales at beaches, bars and restaurants. Send out the order, than relax in office. 'Work' done. That it make small businesses more miserable, the...

Christy Sweet | 03 August 2021 - 22:34:21

A 'competent official'? This is just the sort of Thaiglish that makes them  appear  anything but. Can they really not afford to hire a NES to proofread their pronouncements? The term is RESPONSIBLE or even better, RELEVANT.   

Dave_C | 03 August 2021 - 21:41:31

How can we be subtle?
Made a complete meal out of Sandbox. 
If you had time an motion experts they would have been shaking their heads !!!

Dave_C | 03 August 2021 - 21:19:59

A lot of guys criticize Kurt but if you can set aside his broken English, he is speaking from the heart. 
This as an absolute train wreck which could have been avoided if they only put educated people at the bridge. Now everybody has to bear the consequences of an ineptitude government which could have made the sandbox into a positive thing but they have screwed it up.

Fascinated | 03 August 2021 - 19:15:45

'Welcome to Guinea Pig Island. We welcome all to the litterbox but you can't do anything fun.' This would make a great and more honest tourism slogan.

Sir Burr | 03 August 2021 - 18:25:17

Looks like the coffee cups will get a polish.......

Kurt | 03 August 2021 - 18:18:30

Hahaha, this will be 'well received' by the bar owners in Rawai, who change from Bar to Restaurant and made their lights white. By the day it becomes more crazy on Phuket. But don't worry, all is in hands of 'competent officials'. They know what they are doing to kill Phuket's life line--> tourism!. Another attempt to die out 'Sandbox', as I commented earlier abo...

CaptainJack69 | 03 August 2021 - 13:36:29

"a succession of new official orders issued roughly every 72 hours". Enough already. This just looks stupid. People can see this. People can see how stupid the Phuket government is. Just agree on a sensible set of rules and keep them. No large groups. Control domestic travel. Face masks. Vaccinate. Easy. Stop the flip-flopping. We need to project confidence and this aint it.

maverick | 03 August 2021 - 11:45:37

Well that should take care of the Sandbox and potentially any hope of a high season - the law of unintended consequences - who plans a holiday to a dry island - no logic behind this when massage shops and markets remain open 

Virushater | 03 August 2021 - 11:30:34

Why you don’t mention that people need to be fully vaccinated to go in a gym or  for indoor sports activities? Poor reporting.

grahamaberdeen | 03 August 2021 - 11:24:46

wtf again! could it be that phuket is being used as a gateway to thailand after 7 day quarantine? 

 

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