The Governor of Chiang Mai, Charoenrit Sanguansat, has signed an order banning all sales of alcohol from April 10th until April 20th.
The decision was made to help curb the spread of coronavirus under the emergency decree that is currently in place across Thailand.
Chonburi, which includes Pattaya, had recently implemented a ban on alcohol sales between 6 pm and 6 am. However, Chiang Mai has put a stop to alcohol sales completely during the 10-day period.
The Governor is worried that the covid-19 situation is not improving, saying:
“To enhance measures to monitor, control, and prevent the spread of the virus by focusing on risks of infection and people’s needs, the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee has ordered retail and wholesale stores to temporarily stop alcohol sales.”
Sellers who violate the order, including bars, shops, individuals, or entrepreneurs, will face a fine of up to 100,000 baht and/or a year in prison.
Chiang Mai has recently been battling with the spread of wildfires, which now occupy 20 out of the 25 districts in the province.
Source: The Nation