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2 Phuket Town nightclubs shut down after allegedly violating multiple laws



2 Phuket Town nightclubs are shutting down after allegedly violating multiple laws. The Maldives and H20 on Lim Sui Ju Road, on the south end of Phuket Town were ordered by the Phuket Governor to close immediately, with the Maldives being ordered to close for 5 years.

The order comes after the Phuket City Police inspected the Maldives club, arresting the manager for operating an entertainment venue without a permit, allowing people under 20 years old to work or “use services in the venue,” and for selling alcohol without a permit.

Governor Narong cited his authority under Section 4 of NCPO order 22/2558 to order the Maldives nightclub to be closed for 5 years, from March 5, 2021 to March 4, 2026.

The order also prohibits the operators from opening any other entertainment venues during the same period. The H20 nightclub was ordered to close by a provincial order after Phuket City Police say they inspected the venue and charged the operator for selling or providing shisha, or baraku, without permission.

The owner was also accused of operating an entertainment venue without a permit and violating the provincial order for enforcing Covid-19 safety measures. But it is unknown what penalties were handed down to the operator of the H20 nightclub, unlike the Maldives operator, who received a penalty.

Instead, the governor cited the Revolution Council announcement of 1959, to shut down the establishment for 30 days from March 5, 2021 to April 3, 2021. The orders noted that both operators of the clubs have the right to appeal the closures, having 15 days to file an appeal directly with the Phuket Governor.

Meanwhile, Phuket is set to open its doors to vaccinated, international tourists by October, pending the government’s approval. The local government’s initiative, named Phuket First October, proposes vaccinating a majority of its population over 18 years of age in time for the high season.

The move would allow thousands of vaccinated Europeans to enter Thailand, while locals would be protected from the virus symptoms.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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  1. Jason

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Until the government…not TAT or any other minor government instrumentality, publicly makes a policy of allowing vaccinated foreign citizens to come to Thailand on an unrestricted basis, will any foreign tourist in any substantial number come to Thailand.

  2. Issan John

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    “Meanwhile, Phuket is set to open its doors to vaccinated, international tourists by October, pending the government’s approval”


    Phuket is “set to open, etc”?

    Don’t you mean SOME Phuket tourist groups HOPE to, subject not only to government approval but to certain conditions being met such as having at least 70% of Phuket’s population vaccinated?

    … and that others HOPE to do so by 1 June, four months earlier?

    That doesn’t sound like quite the same thing.

  3. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    What happened – nobody paid the police off?
    these businesses cannot make money if they have to pay off to operate.

  4. Beebee Bumble

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Shouldn’t they close the Country club bar on Thappraya Road, the road to Jomtien beach, as well?
    Their music is awfully loud, and awful, so nobody can sleep. And although they shut down the volume at a bit past midnight, the noise of shouting people in the bar goes on until hours after midnight..I thought they were summed to close at midnight..?

  5. Graham White

    Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Yes, but the poor police have been hit hard by the lockdowns; nobody to rip off.

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