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Things are getting back to normal in Phuket. The provincial government eased disease control restrictions, allowing restaurants, bars and entertainment venues to go back to their normal operating hours – no more midnight closure order – and lifting the late-night alcohol ban.

While bars can now stay open late and serve alcohol after midnight, dancing is prohibited and venues cannot serve alcohol in containers that will be shared among groups of people.

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee agreed to ease the restrictions yesterday and an order allowing late-night hours and alcohol sales was posted today by the Phuket’s Public Relations Department.

“As the Covid-19 situation in Phuket has improved that there are no more Covid-19 infections found, the committee agreed to cancel the late-night alcohol ban in order to revive the economy of Phuket.”

All businesses related to gathering activities are warned to follow the Covid-19 preventive measures.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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  1. gigi

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    It is still not understood that there is a need to reset the infections before returning to normal !!! Rule that applies to the whole world !!!

  2. Rasputin

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    It’s a welcome move forward for bar owners for sure, but what is the point of many of the owners opening their bars, when there are insufficient customers for them to be genuinely viable. There are a few customers starting to trickle in via the ASQ, but too few to make much of a difference difference to places like Phuket at the moment. It’s the restrictions at the boarders that need some creative thinking with potential visitors from countries with virtually no covid infections, such as Taiwan and New Zealand etc. If the opening of boarders was confined to an Island, it would prevent the virus escaping to the mainland, and if any cases did slip through, they should be easily containable.

  3. David Mann

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2:05 am

    How can you start with the line – “Things are getting back to normal in Phuket”? ???

  4. Siso

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2:30 am

    ” things are getting back to normal in Phuket”
    Really Thaiger, are they? Even tho restrictions will be eased and some lifted for now. Phuket, pattaya and other populair designations won’t stand a chance without a gigantic increase of domestic and especially international tourist, millions of them, and even then it will take a long period of time to overcome the damage that has been done already.

    Also, Thailand only just started with a somewhat serious effort of wider scale testing and the numbers show for it. Becarefull celebrating and even mentioning the word “normal” because that word and the meaning of it will most likely never return, at least for anytime soon.

  5. Nipral

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Good news ! But still no tourists allowed in. Too late for this year anyway !

  6. dave

    Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5:20 am

    As long as 1 euro is 36.34 THB, and 1 dollar is 29.98THB, nothing will return to normal in Thailand because it is overvalued, its housing bubble will burst.


      Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:53 pm

      Dave, absolutely right on the currency situation, Thailand is expensive to fly too from Europe/US etc and then when you arrive prices are getting similar to your home country. Its a double whammy with currency and covid and sadly for the decent hardworking people who rely on tourism.

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