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Nightlife shut down in 3 Bangkok districts following rise in Covid numbers

Maya Taylor

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While most nightlife venues remain open, they must close by 9pm and cannot sell alcohol. Restaurants may remain open for dine-in services but must close by 9pm and are also banned from selling alcohol.

Here we go again. Restrictions and closures to Bangkok’s nightlife are back. Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang has ordered the closure of nightlife venues in 3 districts from today until at least April 19. The shutdown in Klong Toey, Watthana, and Bang Khae, comes as a result of new Covid-19 clusters, with Aswin saying that should infections spread to other districts, they too will face the same restrictions.

For now, 196 nightlife venues across the 3 districts have been directly affected.

The closures affect the high profile party spots along the Sukhumvit road strip, including Thong Lor and Ekkamai, as well as other areas directly north of the city centre.

Meanwhile, health officials in Chon Buri have reported another 23 new Covid infections, the biggest leap in cases since January. 17 of them are in Sri Racha district, again mostly linked to nightlife venues. 39 new infections have been reported in the past 4 days.

Back in Bangkok, restaurants and other entertainment establishments in the capital and in neighbouring provinces also face tighter restrictions again, with orders to close by 9pm and alcohol sales prohibited. Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control says officials expect a rise in infection numbers as a result of clusters linked to Bangkok nightlife, as well as at a prison in the southern province of Narathiwat.

The Bangkok Post reports that Bangkok and the central provinces of Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, and Nakhon Pathom, have once again been designated, “red zones under maximum control”.

Opas says restrictions will be reviewed after 2 weeks, adding that Bangkok infections were spread by both employees and customers moving from one nightlife venue to another.

“Employees were the conduits as they contracted the disease from customers and then spread it to others. Most patrons also visited more than one place and musicians and employees working at entertainment places tend to work multiple jobs, accelerating the spread.”

Meanwhile, Apisamai Srirangson from the CCSA says if an infection is detected at a nightlife venue, the establishment will be shut immediately for an initial 2 week period. If case numbers are reported across a large area of nightlife venues, officials will have the authority to close the whole zone, or even seal off the province.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    dee lee

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Safe thing to do would be to COMLETELY CLOSE DOWN ALL discos , bars , clubs , any dancing venue ,
    pool halls etc etc until most Thai are properly vaccinated But revenue seems to be more important than the health of some employees and customers

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    Joe Duh

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Well then Dee Lee are you going to feed these unemployed people and pay their bills in the meantime? What do you expect these people to do?

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    What Joe and Dee have said demonstrates the issue perfectly. Who would want to be a politician at this time. The problem Thailand has had is that it’s backed the hard lockdown option thinking that it would all end by July last year. They should have been far more focused on finding that elusive and subjective balance between lives saved and livelihood. An impossible balance to strike where everyone is happy. But now cases are rising and this pandemic is well in to its 2nd year, there is a danger of suddenly flipping the other way and letting people back and opening up. Finding that balance is as elusive for some countries as it always has been. Good Luck to the Thai people.

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    Ben

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    What they’re doing is what they did in the past and it has worked so far. Closing down for a few weeks and re-evaluating seems to be a reasonable approach. In the meantime keep vaccinating as fast as you can. This is the middle ground between dee lee and Joh Duh and both perspectives have merit.

    The spread of COVID is not surprising given that most people let down their guard once they enter a restaurant or bar. But it’s understandable because people are COVID fatigued.

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    Nig R

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Not the best argument against spreading a deadly virus. If the gov is prohibitive of these people working, the gov should be the ones who offer financial assistance.

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    Matt Cardinal

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    @ David Mann
    That has to be the sanest, most rational, comment I have read in almost 15 years of following expat Thai media.

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