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TUESDAY, October 04, 2022
Pubs, bars allowed to reopen as Thailand moves towards ‘endemic’ Covid

Pubs, bars allowed to reopen as Thailand moves towards ‘endemic’ Covid

TUESDAY, May 31, 2022

Pubs, nightclubs and other entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen in 31 provinces from Wednesday (June 1), as Thailand prepares to declare Covid-19 an endemic disease in July.

The easing of restrictions comes amid a downward trend in the daily infection rate, which fell to 3,854 cases on Tuesday. As a result, the Covid-19 warning level may be reduced from 3 to 2 this week, the Department of Disease Control (DDC) said on Monday.

From Wednesday, entertainment venues in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Chonburi and 27 other Blue and Green zone provinces will be permitted to serve alcohol until midnight.

However, venue operators must request permission from the provincial communicable disease committee and self-assess via the Thai Stop Covid 2 Plus platform before reopening.

Customers may be asked to show proof of vaccination, while people at risk of infection have been advised to avoid entertainment venues.

The reopening offers hope to the hospitality and tourism sectors, which have been devastated by the extended Covid-19 shutdown. Authorities said that if the reopening does not cause a spike in the infection rate, Covid-19 restrictions will be eased further to boost the economy.

Restrictions will remain for entertainment venues in 46 provinces under the Yellow zone of highest surveillance.

The DDC added that from Wednesday, the government’s Covid-19 situation report will be based on patients instead of infections. It said 79.5 per cent of people have now received their second vaccine dose while 42.7 per cent have had their third jab.