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Reopening delayed for nightclubs, bars

BANGKOK: Night entertainment venues nationwide remain shut until at least mid-January, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 12 November 2021, 06:23PM


Tourists and local residents spend time at a restaurant on Khao San Rd in Bangkok on Nov 2 this year, a day after the government reopened the country to vaccinated travellers. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

Tourists and local residents spend time at a restaurant on Khao San Rd in Bangkok on Nov 2 this year, a day after the government reopened the country to vaccinated travellers. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya / Bangkok Post

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Friday (Nov 12) that the CCSA meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha decided to defer by another month a plan to allow pubs, bars and karaokes to reopen on Dec 1.

The new tentative reopening date was set for Jan 16 and only for some areas, depending on the COVID-19 situation, reports the Bangkok Post.

“We need time from Nov 15 to Jan 15 to prepare for the reopening,” Dr Taweesilp said.

Since the country reopened on Nov 1, alcoholic drinks have been allowed only in restaurants and eateries in Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga, and Phuket.


Note: In Phuket, restaurants and eateries ‒ in effect, any venue with a permit to serve food ‒ were allowed to sell alcohol within restricted hours from Oct 1.


Operators of the night entertainment venues have been asking the government to lift the alcohol ban in 17 tourism provinces and to allow pubs, bars and karaokes nationwide to reopen on Dec 1.

They hoped for the business resumption after Gen Prayut’s Oct 11 speech on reopening the country.

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“By Dec 1, we will also consider allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages in restaurants, as well as the reopening of entertainment venues under appropriate health precautions to support the revitalisation of the tourism and leisure sectors, especially during the new year period,” he said in the national address.

The Public Health Ministry had been the key agency proposing the delay after consulting with other agencies. The CCSA had indicated that it would follow the direction set by the prime minister.

Dr Taweesilp said on Friday that the CCSA remained worried that the reopening of night entertainment businesses could lead to more infections if no appropriate measures had been in place. Inadequate ventilation and congestions were among its key concerns, he added.

As for travel, the spokesman said the CCSA was considering relaxing rules for travellers by replacing the mandatory RT-PCR testing with antigen kit testing for vaccinated tourists.

The government currently requires all inbound travellers to book and stay in a hotel room for at least one night while their mandatory RT-PCR tests are being processed, which takes at least six hours. By switching to antigen kits, the results will be known in minutes but the accuracy rate will not be as high.

Dr Taweesilp said the RT-PCR was the most reliable test and the CCSA was studying the advantages and disadvantages of the change.

Other relaxations, including the approval of arrivals from more countries and more provinces for travellers to visit, are possible in the future, he added.

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christysweet | 14 November 2021 - 10:47:10

Bars are extremely efficient at spreading respiratory diseases. People are in close proximity, talking loudly, laughing and procuring prostitutes who then take the pathogen to their homes and other clients.  

maverick | 13 November 2021 - 15:19:56

Don’t know why anyone is getting excited about this nightlife is back to normal for most farangs with the exception of the night clubs I don’t believe this is about farang but locals, who throng clubs and discos, and Karaoke bars in BKK and they have no regard for Covid risks - most of the bars currently open are outdoor with minimal risk - Thais want airconditioned clubs ..

JohnC | 13 November 2021 - 10:41:22

Governments! Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right. Here I am stuck in the middle while morons make decisions again...

Fascinated | 12 November 2021 - 19:24:59

Well, the puritans have killed any hopes of even a semblance of High Season with that. All it does is put potential tourists off. They've had nearly two years to prepare for re-opening- this is NOT about bars anymore, if it ever was.

megamind | 12 November 2021 - 18:44:47

What a bunch of hypocrites! All the bars are already open: there are all restaurants now. And some in Banglà close at one 1 am and on the hill even at 5 in the morning. 

 

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