As Thailand’s bars plan to reopen in some areas, vendors call to relax curfew

As Thailand’s bars plan to reopen in some areas, vendors call to relax curfew

After Thailand’s CCSA announced yesterday that nightlife venues in both “green” and “blue” zones will reopen on June 1, nightlife operators are calling to move the current midnight curfew to 2-4am. The 31 provinces defined as green and blue zones include busy tourist hubs such as Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Chon Buri.

Thailand’s alcohol curfew has particularly impacted nightlife hotspots such as Pattaya. The president of the Thai Hotels Association’s eastern chapter, Phisut Sae-Khu, said the Thai government must take more risks with the curfew if it wants to compete with other countries.

“The remaining barriers have to be dropped as soon as possible to make tourists feel truly welcome.”

The executive adviser at the Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association, Thanakorn Kuptajit, said that pushing the curfew only 1 hour later, from 11pm to midnight, is “unlikely to be enough to bring nightlife business back to normal”. He said Thailand should also revise its law prohibiting alcohol sales between 2pm and 5pm, since it impacts hotel and retail operators.

To know where bars, pubs, nightclubs, massage parlours and karaoke bars will be able to reopen on June 1, see the provinces designated as blue and green zones below.

Green Zones (14 provinces): Chai Nat, Trat, Nakhom Phanom, Nan, Buriram, Pichit, Ang Thong, Mahasakam, Yasathon, Lampang, Surat Thani, Surin, Udon Thani and Amnat Charoen.

Blue zones (17 provinces): Krabi, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Narathiwat, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phang Nga, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Rayong, Songkhla.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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