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Craft beer association proposes rules for re-opening Bangkok bars

Maya Taylor

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The Craft Beer Association has proposed new rules in the hope that Bangkok’s bars might be allowed to re-open after a month-long closure aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. The rules include limiting drinks to 2 per customer, limiting sitting time to 90 minutes, and banning dancing and toasts. The association says it has come up with the rules on behalf of craft beer venues adding that, while they might not cover cocktail bars and other pubs, they could serve as a blueprint for those businesses to design their own rules.

Last week, representatives from bars and breweries in the capital staged a protest outside the Ministry of Health, emptying kegs of spoiled beer down the drain. The measure was aimed at highlighting the financial fallout from the enforced closure of bars and the ban on alcohol sales in the capital’s restaurants.

Association member Artid Sivahansaphan says the new rules have been drawn up in the hope that bars might be allowed to re-open.

“We felt the need to come together and form this association in order to represent ourselves, our ideals, and our hopes and dreams for elevating the drinking culture here in Thailand. Instead we’ve been faced with court summons. We felt it was our duty to assist and help guide protocols in hopes that this would allow craft beer bars to re-open again soon.”

Meanwhile, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration say 4 separate parties in Bangkok are behind nearly 40 cases of the virus, citing alcohol as a key factor in each case.

SOURCE: Coconuts

 

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    Grumpy John

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    I think I can see the problem. The big 2 have more money to stuff into brown envelops than the association members.

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    brian mc

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    as long as a 5 litre glass of wine counts as 1 drink. bring on the big stein glasses from germany i say. puts a damper on drinking shots.

    so, after 2 drinks or 90 minutes, you are asked to leave and eat your toast outside. how will they police this, put a countdown timer on each seat? give each customer a number?
    then what, the customer goes to the next bar. does that not pose a greater risk of spreading any infection?

    what next, a drive thu?

    i suggest a conveyor belt system. big long belt that goes round the town in a big loop. you sit with your group and order from your table. drinks are served from small bars around the loop.
    or
    beer taxis. you get in the back of a converted van, drinks are brought to the van. your beer taxi drives pub to pub and even drives you home.
    or
    drink at home. seriously, if i want to listen to a group of people talking nonsense, i dont need to visit the pub and wait for people to get drunk… i can just talk to myself

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    banning dancing and toasts!
    Well as craft beer is the preferred drink of persons with exquisite tastes, the craft beer should only be drunk from a glass, when the gourmet extends his little finger.

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    James

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Typical that the leg work of creating sound ideas and problem solving is NOT coming from this tea-toddler government. I think the ideas by the craft crowd are creative, and could work outside a dictatorship.

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    Brian Harding Dunbar

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    This idea is only going to fall on deaf ears. I am convinced this governments only plan is to ruin this country, which they have done. You can’t even buy a beer on a golf course now, which makes absolutely no sense to me.

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    Bill

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    2 drinks?!?!? What’s the point.

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    deelee

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Or go buy your poison from 7-eleven

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    chad

    Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Simpler rule: pay 10k to the police for them to ignore that you reopened while it is still banned. Just go take a stroll around Nana/Asok and you’ll see many beer bars and sports bars have already been open and serving all this week!

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    Alec Grolimund

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 2:53 am

    I need more beer! BEER BEER BEER BEER!

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