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Phuket pubs, bars ordered to close at midnight

Phuket pubs, bars ordered to close at midnight

PHUKET: All entertainment venues in Phuket are to close at midnight and restaurants are not to sell alcohol after midnight following an order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew yesterday (Jan  11).

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 10:06AM

The order. Image: Phuketanticovid19

The order. Image: Phuketanticovid19

The order was marked to come into effect today (Jan 12) and will remain in effect until Jan 20 or further notice, the order explained.

The order marked that preventative measures were needed in order to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 considering the current outbreak of COVID-19 elsewhere in the country.

Although Phuket currently has zero cases of people confirmed infected with COVID-19, the island has been classified as a yellow “high surveillance” area.

The late-night alcohol ban follows a meeting of the Communicable Disease Committee, chaired by Governor Narong, yesterday (Jan 11). The committee unanimously agreed to order entertainment venues and restaurants to do as follows:

  1. All entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaoke venues and other places that open to provide similar services must close at midnight.
  2. Restaurants and food courts are not allowed to sell alcohol beverages inside the venues after midnight.

Failure to comply with the order may be punished under Section 51 of Disease Control Act 2015, which incurs a fine of up to B20,000, or under Section 52 of the act, which invokes a penalty of up to one year imprisonment or a fine of up to B100,000 or both, the order noted.

Those found breaching the order will also be charged under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005), which invokes a penalty of up to two years imprisonment or up to B40,000 or both, the order warned.

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Tbird | 13 January 2021 - 01:15:18

Thor, Agreed but when you say  Thai "modern" parenting I think what you mean is "traditional": i.e a Two parent household where the father is a positive role model for daughter and son alike , instead of the current 70 % single mothers who are working the tourist racket a few hundred kilos from home and absentee fathers who contribute 0 financial support either....

ThorFinger | 12 January 2021 - 20:46:04

How is this preventative? We've already effectively closed the border thus ensuring the virus cannot enter, so what are we preventing? Someone really needs to teach Thai modern parenting with effective measures placed to instil self and social responsibility. 

Kurt | 12 January 2021 - 13:08:44

It is good to forbid alcohol in restaurants and close venues at  midnight. Because after midnight only are the hours that Covid-19 could spread. Right? Another show/symbolic measure, together of course with the punishment promising. Something what never will carried out, it is just a Thai 'order'.  Looks like the Phuket Officialdom is panicking.

Sandbar | 12 January 2021 - 12:40:46

This sounds like the "entre" before the "main meal"! Start stocking up on the booze....we all know what's around the corner...ban on all alcohol sales! 


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