The Thai Government has decided that reopening bars, pubs, and other entertainment venues during the next stage of easing restrictions is too risky. Instead, they will allow some places to serve alcohol on their premises.
Entertainment venues and wet massage parlors were among 12 businesses under consideration for the next phase of easing restrictions, due to come into effect on Monday, June 15th.
However, the spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothing, said these venues pose a greater danger of spread coronavirus and will remain closed for now. He said:
“Alcoholic beverages will be allowed to be served at restaurants, hotels, and eateries. However, the relaxation measure would still exclude pubs, bars, and karaoke venues, which are considered to pose a greater danger of coronavirus disease transmission.”
He added that saunas could resume services, but wet or soapy massage houses would remain closed for now.
Following information presented by representatives of business owners from venues that remain closed, the government will announce several business and services types that may resume operation on Friday.
The proposal, submitted to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, includes a variety of places:
- Daycare centers for both children and the elderly
- Convention and exhibition centers
- Scientific museums and centers
- Events with visitors seated at least one meter apart
- Sports competitions without spectators
- Concerts where audiences did not sing along exuberantly
- Film shoots with 150 crew and 50 onlookers
- Health spas and saunas
- Amusement parks, swimming pools, water parks, and playgrounds
- Group exercises at parks and fields (maximum 50 people)
- Arcade halls inside shopping centers
- International and tutorial schools
The new measures would allow two passengers to sit beside each other on public transport and for the service of alcohol at restaurants, hotels, and eateries.
Also considered for the next phase of easing restrictions is the temporary lifting of the night curfew for a 15 day trial period.
An official announcement, expected to confirm the proposal and allow all the above measures to take effect from Monday, June 15th, is expected tomorrow, Friday, June 12th.
Source: Bangkok Post