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Rawai bars encouraged to reopen as restaurants

Rawai bars encouraged to reopen as restaurants

PHUKET: In a move to reinvigorate local entertainment venues that have been left decimated by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos has urged bar operators to reopen their venues as restaurants.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 15 July 2021, 04:25PM

Bars, pubs and entertaiment venues have felt the full brunt of the pandemic and the ensuing restrictions enforced by central and provincial government, leaving many either temporarily shuttered or completely out of business.

Mayor Aroon revealed to The Phuket News Thai-language sister newspaper Khao Phuket today (July 15) that a meeting between him, Muang District Chief Somprat Prabsongkham and selected bar operators at the office of Rawai Municipality yesterday sought solutions to help the business owners.

“The measure decided upon to help bar or pub operators is that they can open their venues to serve foods like restaurants,” Mayor Aroon said.

“However, there will be conditions,” he added.

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“Social distancing will have to be respected, for example. Staff will not be permitted to sit with customers and no more than four people will be allowed at a table at any one time.

“The tables must be adequately spaced apart and hand sanitiser gels must be made available throughout the venue.

“Additionally, all coloured disco lights must be changed to normal lighting.

“Venue owners must enforce these measures and remind customers and staff to follow the control measures strictly at all time,” he concluded.

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Kurt | 17 July 2021 - 10:44:25

That a Village Head is able to declare bars into restaurants is micro-economical wise a stupid move. It is bad for the real restaurants, and all over it is spiraling down the quality level of real restaurants who have to make dishes of 'cheaper' quality in order to survive.

Kurt | 17 July 2021 - 00:13:06

@Pascal, was a hypothetical question. There are enough restaurants for the need of this moment. Why label bars to restaurants? They have no kitchens, cooks, food coolers/fridges, distance table facilities. Not meet hygienic rules/laws and license regulations. It is a very questionable initiative.

Pascale | 16 July 2021 - 11:41:52

@Kurt "Are the normal restaurants open ?" If you would leave your home sometimes you would know !
@Madeinswiss    Do you think they cater only to tourists ?

Pascale | 16 July 2021 - 11:36:53

@Bigaresort    No need to drink beer out of a coffee cup. Restaurants are allowed to sell alcohol for quite some time again. Where have you been ?

Bigaresort | 16 July 2021 - 10:24:32

Drinking Beer out of a coffee cup in a so called restaurant and have to pay is not my bag. I rather drink at home out of the bottle. What a comment from the  Major ! pretty power full man !  

ematt | 16 July 2021 - 07:47:57

Give it a rest, Xi

Kurt | 16 July 2021 - 00:39:47

Strange, bar/entertainment licenses are very different from restaurant licenses. Is this legal what Mayor Aroon suggests? How much bar owners must pay for this temporarily happening at Rawai Munici? Is it needed with the very limited visitors? Are the normal restaurants open? A touch of idiotism comes in with that light and social distance with entertainment ladies ('staff')regimental orde...

Madeinswiss | 16 July 2021 - 00:25:28

Nice it will have many restaurants.... But no tourists to go there. 

Christy Sweet | 15 July 2021 - 19:40:28

FFS, legalize prostitution, open brothels and test the workers. When it operates underground, it can not be regulated then you get outbreaks.    

Fascinated | 15 July 2021 - 19:15:57

Where do they breed these morons? Police are basically turning a blind eye to open bars at the moment as they realise how ridiculous it is. Rawai and Kamala both have bars open some (guess who has influence in them) never closed.

Sandbar | 15 July 2021 - 17:26:35

Great news. You can only try and adjust according to the circumstances. But make sure "thirsty and partying Farangs" dont over step the rules!!

Xi_Virus | 15 July 2021 - 16:58:33

“Additionally, all coloured disco lights must be changed to normal lighting."

Stupidity and incompetence is more dangerous than the virus.


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