Alcohol restrictions to be eased further in Bangkok from tomorrow

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From tomorrow, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will further ease restrictions on the sale of alcohol, with more restaurants allowed to sell booze. Venues with the “Thai Stop Covid Plus” certification can join businesses with SHA certification in providing diners with alcoholic drinks until 9pm. According to a Bangkok Post report, the relaxed measures will be in place until November 30, when officials will review their impact, if any, on Covid-19 infection rates.

Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai from the Department of Health says the Thai Stop Covid Plus certification has been introduced to help businesses re-open with adequate health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes having adequate ventilation and regularly testing staff using antigen test kits. Tables and chairs must be cleaned after each use, with common contact points and restrooms disinfected regularly.

According to the Bangkok Post report, Thaniwan Kulmongkol from the Thai Restaurant Association has welcomed the easing of restrictions and urged eateries to comply with disease prevention measures. However, she believes the relaxation of restrictions does not go far enough and has asked the government to allow the sale of alcohol up to 11pm. Thaniwan says over 30,000 restaurants now have Thai Stop Covid Plus certification, adding that infection numbers have not increased following the recent easing of restrictions in the capital.

For now, restaurants with the appropriate certification in Bangkok, Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi can sell alcohol until 9pm.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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