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Alcohol ban now national, extended until further notice

Jack Burton

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Alcohol sales are officially banned nationwide as of today, by order of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Permanent Secretary for the Interior Chatchai Promlert made the announcement yesterday. Previously, the decision to ban sales and transport of alcohol rested with provincial governors, all 76 of whom enacted the prohibition, which expired last night. The ban is now a national matter.

Chatchai said the CCSA confirmed the ban extension to avoid any confusion.

“The alcohol sales ban is one of the Covid-19 containment measures being extended under an order by the CCSA, which means no sales of alcohol are allowed until further notice.”

The secretary-general of the National Security Council, in his capacity as the head of the central coordination office of the CCSA, says the NSC will hold talks with the Interior Ministry, provincial governors and the related agencies about a formal announcement requiring provinces nationwide to strictly follow the alcohol ban. That announcement is expected to be issued in the next two to three days.

He says the announcement is required for the sake of clarification after the CCSA decided to extend all key Covid-19 containment measures, including the alcohol sales ban.

The ban was first imposed before the cancelled Songkran holidays and was later extended on April 20.

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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