BARS & PUBS TO MISS OUT ON THAILAND’S REOPENING NEXT MONDAY
By Susan Lewis
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Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided today to lift curfew restrictions from 15 June next Monday, most businesses can reopen except pubs, bars, karaoke outlets and bath-sauna-massage parlours.
The Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association has pleaded the government to allow pubs and bars to trial reopening to enable businesses to survive.
President of the Alcohol Beverage Business Association, Thanakorn Kuptajit, proposed to the government to allow trial reopening of hotel bars, to gauge whether the rest of the sector can safely resume operations.
He said about half of Thailand’s 10,000 pubs and bars will have to close permanently if they remain shut for much longer, considering they are making zero revenue but still paying rent to landlords and often wages as well.
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha agreed to lift the 11pm to 3am night curfew and allow most businesses to resume yesterday.
The CCSA officially announced today that the night curfew will be lifted from next Monday allowing most businesses to reopen.
Alcoholic drinks will be allowed in restaurants, but pubs, bars, karaoke outlets and bath-sauna-massage parlours will remain closed.
Sports competition will be allowed but audiences can watch only via broadcasts.
Though Thailand was the first country outside China to have reported COVID-19 confirmed cases, it has effectively brought infections under control. Total number of confirmed cases is 3,125 while death toll is 58.
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