The blanket nationwide alcohol ban will be extended until May 31st with no discretion among provincial governors to implement easing of the rule allowed.
The ban on alcohol sales had initially been implemented just before Songkran but has now become a major part of the government’s extended state of emergency along with the extension of the night curfew between 10 pm and 4 am.
The blanket alcohol ban has been implemented to “avoid any confusion” among local authorities regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Gen Somsak Rungsita, Secretary-General of the National Security Council and Head of the Central Coordination Office of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said that a formal announcement regarding the ban will be issued within the next two to three days.
The announcement will be used to clarify the situation and will also formally explain all of the extended lockdown measures that will happen nationwide throughout May.
While provincial governors are generally granted the power to implement orders within their regions, there will be no discretion regarding the alcohol sales ban according to the CCSA.
Source: Bangkok Post