Bars, pubs, and other entertainment venues have received the green light from the Thai government to open again from Wednesday, July 1st.
The announcement, made today, Monday, June 29th, includes entertainment venues in a list of places that may open again in the next stage of relaxing lockdown measures across Thailand.
Internet cafes, gaming centers, wet massage parlors, and spas are also included in the list.
For bars and pubs, Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the decision was difficult and “widely debated.”
Strict rules will be enforced across nightlife venues, including a long list of 22 regulations that all places must obey.
These include requirements such as seating customers at least a meter apart, separating tables by at least two meters or with partitions, and regular deep cleaning of frequently touched areas.
Customers must also wear face masks, check in to entertainment venues using the ThaiChana app, and may not sing or dance.
Furthermore, bars, pubs, and karaoke venues must close by midnight and may only operate if they hold a valid license.
Meanwhile, gaming centers and internet cafes may allow customers under the age of 15 on the premises between 2 pm and 8 pm, Monday to Friday, and 10 am until 8 pm on the weekends.
People between 15 and 18 can use the services from 2 pm until 10 pm on weekdays, and 10 am until 10 pm on weekends. Anyone over 18 years old may use the services at any time.
Spas and wet massage parlors may only reopen if they hold a valid license and must regulate the number of customers at any given time.
ThaiChana check-in and security cameras will also be used to monitor guests at massage houses.
Source: The Nation