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Phuket pubs, bars to remain closed, but alcohol in restaurants may be sold until 11pm

Phuket pubs, bars to remain closed, but alcohol in restaurants may be sold until 11pm

PHUKET: In line with directives issued from Bangkok, all pubs, bars and entertainment venues are to remain closed until at least Nov 15 under a new order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew.

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By The Phuket News

Sunday 31 October 2021, 02:12PM


However, the time that restaurants may serve alcohol has been extended to 11pm.

The order, signed and dated Oct 25, was posted publicly online last night. The order will come into effect tomorrow (Nov 1), and will remain in effect until Nov 15 or until further notice.

The new order revised two specific sections of the previous standing order regulating which services and venues in Phuket are allowed to operate (Order 5896/2564, dated Sept 28) and all its subsequent revisions since.

“Service places, establishments similar to service places, entertainment places, pubs, bars, and karaoke will remain closed,” the new order confirmed.

However, the new order also extended the time that restaurants and “other eateries”, in other words any business providing food and beverages through a food licence, until 11pm.

Previously, restaurants in Phuket were allowed to serve alcohol until 10pm. (See stories here and here.)

“Food and beverages consumed in the shop may continue as usual with the sale and drinking of liquor or alcoholic beverages in the shop until 23.00, and music may be performed with the number of musicians limited to not more than 5 people.

“It is forbidden for singers, musicians and customers to physically touch each other and it is forbidden [for performers] to sing with customers and, with consent or by neglect, to let any employee sit with the customer,” the order added.

“Dancing is prohibited, and prohibited from being allowed, and [ it is prohibited] to organise a dance performance,” the order confirmed.

“Public health guidelines must be followed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Organizational Safety Measures (COVID Free Setting) for food or drink venues with music performances attached to this order,” the order noted.

The order included a four-page document listing the full guidelines for food and beverage venues to abide by, including that all staff are vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID in the past seven days; that customers’ temperatures are checked on entry; the number of customers in air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned venues is limited appropriately; and ensuring that all common-touch contact surfaces are sanitised regularly.

The full health guidelines, issued in Thai, can be seen here or in the image gallery above (click to enlarge the images).

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maverick | 04 November 2021 - 08:55:37

Before I retired I used to come high season, and shoulder season and found hotels first class in terms of price range available and quality of service matched anything in Asia ......came here for over 30 years before retiring and moving here.....you’re a serial knocker    and cynic. Many of the hotels we went back to every year....

Kurt | 03 November 2021 - 19:51:37

@Maverick, Yes, before the pandemic it was High Season Time rip off times, but not now. They should be happy to get any guests. Doing price wise or nothing is going on world wise shows something in thinking.. They should proof their 'new normal' thinking and upgraded quality first. No priority giving for taking advantage under the empty words 'High Season'.

maverick | 03 November 2021 - 06:36:42

Kurt@ it’s called high season rates usually go up in November nothing surprising about that - still very low as will be occupancy rates 

DeKaaskopp | 01 November 2021 - 16:23:08

@Kurt   Right Kurt,exactly the same "X-Mas Punch" you obviously enjoy every day !

Kurt | 01 November 2021 - 14:38:30

Several hotels have already increased the room rates with 20-40% while they not yet fully operational are.

megamind | 01 November 2021 - 13:28:39

At 11pm last night all ex bar now became restaurant without cooking any food were opened and in full party for Halloween. Customers inside didn't respect any rules like social distance or put a mask. Even worst than restaurant where a minimum of social distance still exist. BAD !!!!

ThorFinger | 01 November 2021 - 13:07:23

The 'Thai way' is just an excuse for poor governance. Rulings need to be concise and thought out so they don't change a day later. If Thai don't want the nightclubs reopening...just say so. Pretty simple, but importantly not vague.
In Australia we have the same difficulty with contractors who say we work on Broome time, which i respond by saying...you now work on your own time...y...

christysweet | 01 November 2021 - 13:04:00

Bars  facilitate illegal prostitution, the foundation of  Thaidom's corruption. Could this be an experiment in curbing graft?   Nah.

ThorFinger | 01 November 2021 - 13:01:12

Hmm, Maverick, nearly all the bars open on the front of Bangla Rd are full. All the other bars that popped up on Nanai just should not be there and will pay the price, unless it becomes a secondary hub which i doubt. No tourists go there. Very few of the business owners want the nightclubs reopened any time soon, unless they are religiously policed...which just won't happen.

Kurt | 01 November 2021 - 12:36:02

Many , expected, tourists will be surprised by all the new restaurants without a kitchen. They only can 'cook' your X-Mas Punch.

maverick | 01 November 2021 - 09:52:09

Sir Burr @ it’s the Thai way, where is lelecueno must have gone home in disgust at the flagrant breach of “regulations” - this as much about the Thai nightclubs as anything else, none of the farang bars are close to being busy and mostly all outdoors 

Sir Burr | 01 November 2021 - 08:53:33

We don't have any bars in Phuket anymore. Just a proliferation of "restaurants"

Fascinated | 31 October 2021 - 19:06:17

Loopy- what's the diffeence between serving alcohol in a bar posing as a restaurant and serving alcohol in a bar? This is clearly not about COVID and hasn't been for a long time.

Nasa12 | 31 October 2021 - 14:28:29

It’s funny too we all this small bar’s in Rawai get food licence very fast the last few weeks, and they do not actually have a kitchen funny.

 

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