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Phuket officials defer ‘considering’ lifting ban on alcohol in restaurants

Phuket officials defer ‘considering’ lifting ban on alcohol in restaurants

PHUKET: Phuket officials have sidelined discussing whether to lift the ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol in restaurants on the island due to the high number of new COVID infections reported each day.

By The Phuket News

Friday 17 September 2021, 12:17PM

The deferral came at a recommendation by Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Kusak Kukiattikoon at a meeting of the Phuket Provincial Communicable Disease Committee, chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong, on Wednesday (Sept 15).

The meeting recognised that business operators have formally requested the ban be lifted.

However, Dr Kusak noted, “We ask that Phuket Province [the provincial government] delay considering this issue first, because the area still has a high number of infected people. If there is a decrease in the number of infected people within the area, the issue can be considered again.”

Also present at the meeting was Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, who explained that the push to have people receive a third- dose ‘booster jab’ of COVID vaccine was forging ahead.

Dr Chalermpong explained that the current push was to have people who had already received two injections of the Sinovac vaccine receive a third injection, this time of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“The booster shot is to be administered by using a subcutaneous injection technique. which is effective in building immunity,” he said.

Dr Chalermpong chaired a press conference on Wednesday afternoon announcing the results of a study by medical staff at Vachira Phuket Hospital confirming that using AstraZeneca as the booster shot vaccine ‒ even by administering much smaller doses than the standard dose recommended - had promising effects.

At the meeting on Wednesday, Dr Chalermpong explained that the plan to provide booster jabs targets three segments of the population, as follows:

Sept 12-18: Medical personnel and other frontline workers, as well as the first booster injections provided to people registered as living in Phuket.

Sept 19-15: People living in Phuket but with a registered address in other provinces, as well as government officers.

Sept 26-30: Third-dose booster injections for the general public, including migrant workers and foreigners living in Phuket.

“If this can be done, it is expected that the disease control in Phuket will be in a better situation,” Dr Chalermpong said.

Of note, as of this morning (Sept 17), the PPHO reported that so far 66,383 people in Phuket had already received their third-dose booster injection.

A notice published late last night by the ‘Official COVID-19 Information Center’ operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, called for people in Phuket to check their eligibility to receive the booster injections.

First, to receive the booster shots people must register through the PhuketMustWin website.

The first groups to receive priority are those registered as Phuket residents and who have any of the seven conditions placing them at greater risk of serious infection*. The registrants must also have received two vaccination injections of Sinovac (organised through the PhuketMustWin website) in June or July.

The second priority group are those registered as Phuket residents and have received two vaccination injections of Sinovac (organised through the PhuketMustWin website) before June 15.

The notice did advise, “If the conditions are not met, wait for the next round.”

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Kurt | 26 September 2021 - 08:50:41

It are just a very few thai officials who are anti alcohol. The majority are just boot lickers of General Prayut who initiated a number of non alcohol days in 2015. Boot lickers are well known to serve a master in 'overdrive'. Mostly people that can not think themselves. A thai handicap due to thai education system in which individual open mind thinking is discouraged. 

Kurt | 26 September 2021 - 08:21:59

....Covid-19 used as another form of rebellion against the outside world in 'full xenophobia'. Constant pulling the wrong end of the rope in decision making, sending wrong signals, and all the time flip-flopping. All the time complete unreliable and unlogic Officialdom doings. Call it shooting in own feet.

Kurt | 26 September 2021 - 08:12:09

Thailand punish herself more than it benefits of Covid measures 'against' foreigners. Is actually locking down herself of foreign tourism with draconic's like COE, 'over testing', any duration of cellular quarantine. Compare that how relaxed Thailand is with treating Thai travelers, the ones who actually spread Covid-19. Covid-19 used as another form of rebelling against the ou...

PAsh | 25 September 2021 - 20:46:13

In the UK all bars are open all resturants serv alcohol masks are not worn and alll restrictions rae lifted. We have more infections and deaths than Thailand records but thats not a concern as all those who are dying have someother illness or are exteremly old (average age 82.5) Infections when over 70 % people are vaccinated is not a concern with that appraoch you would never get over this. 

PAsh | 25 September 2021 - 20:42:23

Madness alcohol doesnt affect covid and the increased cases are NOTHING at all to do with tourism. 

Kurt | 19 September 2021 - 09:04:29

@ Christy Sweet, Thailand is lucky that prostitution here not exists. Otherwise the Covid figure spikes would be at much higher level. The only thing we can blame in Thailand is 'alcohol'. Forbid it totally, the way some countries are doing it.   :-)))
The RTP fights prostitution and alcohol sales in bars/restaurants with all hands on deck. Yes? hahaha

Christy Sweet | 18 September 2021 - 14:02:56

Perhaps the cases would have been far higher had bars- and the accompanying prostitution been allowed to continue. Curbing alcohol in restaurants is closing a loophole where bars morph into restaurants.  

Christy Sweet | 18 September 2021 - 13:57:55

I recall the Veg Fest occurring last year- sans glorification of grotesque self-mutilations, so is that to be allowed again?  I'm just happy with vegan spring rolls and the street vibe for an evening or two.

maverick | 18 September 2021 - 13:05:23

Kiwian@ the bar and alcohol restrictions are targeted at the Thai’s as much as the farangs - in Phuket town lots of young Thai’s gather in bars and clubs no regard for Covid and risks - most of these outbreaks have been in Thai and migrant communities - large gatherings with alcohol promotes is a risk I agree - kiaora 

Kurt | 18 September 2021 - 10:26:14

2 Weks after the coming usual chaotic crowded Veg Festival we will an flood of Covid infections. Than Phuket has to lock down to protect surrounding provinces, and stop domestic flight arrivals. Back to square 1 in fighting Covid. And for what?  Ooh, yes, of course, for money. The 'after eight' of Veg Festival will cost more then Festivals revenues.

kiwiian | 18 September 2021 - 10:18:25

When will this bull about Covid coming out at nighttime and then together with alcohol stop? Bars have been closed for 6 months and it's made NO DIFFERENCE and it appears almost all the 240+ cases daily are not involving farangs. But Thai style... let the Vegetarian Festival go ahead as with Songkran 6 months ago and see how Covid is really spread! No alcohol or 9pm closing needed.

JohnC | 18 September 2021 - 09:39:57

Very hypocritical to approve the vegetarian festival (which everyone knows is Phuket's second biggest piss up after Songkran) but still won't allow customers eating in restaurants to enjoy a glass of wine with their meal. I shudder to think how many will be infected if the vegetarain festival lives up to it's usual chaotic crowds.

ThorFinger | 18 September 2021 - 08:41:49

By parents or governments banning things doesn't mean it stops. Quite the contrary it leads to workarounds. We're all vaccinated, phuket has to open regardless and if the Thai government can accept over 22,000 deaths a year on their roads then they can accept the covid death rate. 

Kurt | 18 September 2021 - 00:58:21

The bars selling openly alcohol are still able to pay their 'protection money' to RTP. Without permission of RTP it would not be possible... The day will come that Prayut regret that he didn't keep his promise to reform/sanitize the RTP. | 17 September 2021 - 23:19:16

It just goes to show that a doctor is not an economist?
Or even a politician?

jim98040 | 17 September 2021 - 16:11:05

The last time Thailand opened to party, was Songkran. It was a huge mistake.

wtfb | 17 September 2021 - 14:14:35

What does drinking alcohol while having a meal in a restaurant have anything at all to do with the number of new infections? Absolutely nothing. What a ridiculous state of affairs. 

DeKaaskopp | 17 September 2021 - 13:31:30

I bet Dr.Kusak has generally a problem with the sell of alcohol.And other officials follow goose stepping his advice.Pathetic idiots.

CaptainJack69 | 17 September 2021 - 13:06:19

There are bars along Patong beach Rd. openly selling alcohol. Not even pretending to be restaurants. Blatantly and prominently selling beer in the bottle. This makes Thailand look like a corrupt little banana republic. Either relax the ridiculous rules or enforce them, this corruption NEEDS to stop!


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