Alcohol until 11 p.m. in food places in 8 blue provinces from tomorrow

Put on your party boots; tomorrow it’s time to go out late for a drink on a Monday! The easing of the alcohol ban for 8 blue zone provinces comes into effect tomorrow with restaurants and similar venues allowed to sell drinks until 11pm now. Bars, pubs, karaoke, nightclubs and other nightlife and entertainment venues will not be legally allowed to reopen in any part of Thailand at this time.

Bangkok made the announcement yesterday, and now Chon Buri is set to follow suit and extend drinking hours in the province. Phuket will also be allowed to legally serve drinks later for its Sandbox tourists, as well as Krabi, Phang Nga and Kanchanaburi. Bangkok’s suburban provinces of Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani complete the list of 8 Blue Zone provinces that are considered Pilot or Sandbox tourist areas that allow drinking until 11 p.m.

The new relaxed rules for serving alcohol apply to many types of food venues, including restaurants, food halls, street vendors, eateries, hotel dining rooms and other industries. food and drink. All types of businesses must meet either the SHA+ certification from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports or the Thai Stop COVID 2 Plus standard from the Ministry of Public Health as well as the government’s Covid Free Setting measures.

The restaurant loophole is also in full swing, as any entertainment venue capable of meeting the required standards can open a restaurant and serve alcohol, now until 11 p.m. These makeshift “restaurants” must still meet the same certifications and requirements as all other dining venues.

In Chon Buri, to account for so many converted entertainment venues, businesses must provide antigen test kits to any customer who cannot show a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of attending the business. Staff in establishments serving alcohol must be tested daily for Covid-19. Any business caught by the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee in violation of regulations will face temporary closure.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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