PHUKET: Elections this weekend will put a considerable dent in drinkers’ plans, with bans on the sale of alcohol affecting both Muang District and Patong. A by-election in Muang District to fill a vacant seat in the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) will be held on Saturday, so the sale and distribution of all alcoholic beverages will be barred in the district from 6 pm on Friday until midnight, Saturday/Sunday. In Patong, an election is to be held on Sunday to fill a seat on the Municipal Council. As a result, there will be an alcohol ban from 6 pm on Saturday until midnight Sunday/Monday. The ban covers all bars, restaurants, hotels, and other entertainment venues. Violators risk up to six months in jail or a fine of up to 5,000 baht, or both.
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