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Covid-19 could cost an estimated 9 billion baht loss to the economy – Thai alcohol association

Kritsada Mueanhawong



An alcohol business association is saying the latest round of restrictions and closures on pubs and bars could cost the industry and businesses 9 billion baht.

The Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association is railing against the Thai government’s policies as they restrict the operations and operating hours of tens of thousands of bars, pubs and clubs around the country. They claim the impact affects a million people’s lives who rely on the industry for employment.

The secretary-general of TABBA addressed his remarks speaking out against the closure of nightlife, bars, pubs, karaoke and the ban on alcohol consumption at restaurants. The Thai government has limited operating hours and imposed new restrictions on the country’s bars and nightlife venues. They’ve also banned the serving of alcohol at restaurants during this current outbreak of cases sweeping the central part of Thailand, including Bangkok.

The Thai government has not yet responded to TABBA’s concerns.

The Association claims that the measures are “too strict” and would “hurt many small businesses” saying that Thai people were already struggling for the past year due to lack of tourism and patronage.

Thanakorn Kuptajit also estimated, depending on how long the restrictions and measures last, the alcohol industry could see the total value of the industry drop from 370 billion to 300 billion baht.

“If the ban on drinking alcohol at restaurants could not be lifted or if entertainment venues needed to stay closed that the government should consider a temporary relief on a law passed December 7, 2020, that banned online sales of alcohol in Thailand.”

At the time the government introduced its ban on online sales of alcohol, the new Covid-19 outbreak, which became apparent on December 20, starting around the Samut Sakhon fishing markets, was another 2 weeks away.

“The industry and small business owners should have the opportunity to provide takeaway service and that they were ready to comply with best practices like checking identification and ensuring people purchasing were of legal age.”


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    Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:17 am

    The people with….. making choices for the people without……They will protect you from covid at any cost…….as for hunger, well you’re on your own…….choc dee

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:26 am

    That has lost the government a lot of money in tax.

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    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:55 am

    May understand the ban for bars, karaokes, but why restaurants ?
    Then for bars, entertainments should immediately supported with subsidies to survive. They paid taxes for years then for what ?

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    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    It isn’t Covid-19 that is causing the loss to the economy – it is the ridiculous overreaction of politicians and others in official positions who will continue to enjoy their privileges and to get their paychecks while they inflict unnecessary suffering and economic devastation on the rest of us for our “protection”.

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      Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:09 pm

      That’s exactly right. The virus had no power to inflict this kind of damage. Politicians had to do it.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:53 pm

        Yes, a virus can only kill people … nothing like as serious as not letting them buy a beer in a bar.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Here in Cambodia beer is 50 cents a glass, and I keep shouting at them to fill the glass up!

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    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:45 am

    COVID is a war. War costs money. Money can be remade only if you’re alive.

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