THAILAND LIFTED BAN ON SERVING ALCOHOL TODAY, NIGHTLIFE GRADUALLY RETURNING
By Susan Lewis
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The Thai government gave green light to restaurants and bars to serve alcoholic beverages today, allowing nightlife to gradually come back to Thailand, but booze service can only last until 11pm.
Today is the first day customers in Thailand can enjoy on-premise drinking since late December 2020.
Apart from Samut Sakhon province, where all areas are designated as COVID red zone, all hospitality venues in other parts of the country, including those in the capital city Bangkok, can resume serving alcohol today.
Performance of live music can also resume, but dancing is still not permitted in all premises.
“Serving alcoholic beverages is no longer banned. However, dancing is still strictly prohibited and no restaurants and bars are allowed to allocate a designated space for dancing, meaning that guests have to sit at the table at all times during dining and drinking,” said Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, spokesperson of Bangkok municipal government.
Meanwhile, other venues like gyms, department stores and private tutoring schools can reopen with strict COVID safety measures in place.
It has been almost three months since Thailand last saw lush nightlife when a COVID-19 cluster emerged in Samut Sakhon province and soon spread to many surrounding provinces.
The number of confirmed COVID cases has drop in many areas in recent weeks, the Thai government therefore decided to relax some COVID restrictions today.
But the emergency decree which gives the government powers to impose COVID restrictions will remain effective until at least 31 March.
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