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Bangkok police have issued a stern warning to nightlife venue operators… follow the rules or be closed again. National police chief Chaktip Chaijinda has instructed officers to make sure entertainment venue operators comply with disease control regulations and that both service providers and customers understand the “new normal.”

The warning comes after a meeting of senior city police, the Health Department of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and more than 200 entertainment venue operators, in which they were briefed on regulatory compliance in the fifth phase of lockdown relaxations. He said entertainment venues that fail to adopt the safety regulations will be warned, and if they refuse to comply, will be ordered to suspend their operations.

Dararat Matkham, a restaurant and karaoke operator, said she’s relieved nightlife venues are being allowed to reopen, and has already put in place public health safety practices – she’s provided sanitiser gel for customers and microphones will be cleaned regularly, although customers are being advised to bring their own microphones. She says her premises will place tables in accordance with social distancing rules.

Somwang Chuenhathai, a “soapy massage” operator says his business has made it mandatory for masseuses to wear face shields or masks while working, and his premises will be cleaned before and during opening hours.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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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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    paul scott

    July 2, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Most of them will close without the help of your Police, Thailand. The NEW ABNORMAL is contraindicated by any consideration of health, rationality, or clarity of thought. For every person like me who can leave the new Madness, Thailand loses nearly another million baht each year. And we will not be back easily. Thailand will be owned by China in one generation

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    Phil

    July 2, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    More threats from officialdom, when what is needed is more support! Reports of “stimulus” for domestic tourism is wasted, when you have already shown that you will close Bang Saen beach (and others no doubt), along with all the incoming roads due to “overcrowding”! Could not make this stuff up!

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      Robert Elliott

      July 2, 2020 at 7:59 pm

      Contraindicated?

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    Pedro

    July 3, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Agree with Phil. Whilst I have been stranded here for the last four or five months, I have noticed that it seems all the Thai people have received from Government and Police are warnings and threats instead of support and understanding. It is not a criticism, but simply an observation, when I say that it feels more like being under a harsh dictatorship rather than the freedom of a democracy. The Land of Smiles has unfortunately stopped smiling.

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