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SATURDAY, February 04, 2023
No buffets or barbecues yet, says Health Dept

No buffets or barbecues yet, says Health Dept

FRIDAY, September 03, 2021

Buffets and barbecue restaurants are still prohibited from serving diners in line with Covid-19 restrictions, the Department of Health said on Friday.

Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, the department’s director-general, announced guidelines for restaurants set by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration at a Public Health Ministry press conference on Friday.

Restaurants open for dine-in services are required to:

• Disinfect tables immediately after use

• Disinfect commonly touched areas and toilets every one or two hours

• Sharing of cutlery is not allowed

• Self-service in the form of buffets, salad bars or barbecues are not allowed

• Every table must have a bottle of sanitising gel

• Diners and tables must be kept 1 to 2 metres apart or divided using partitions.

• Tables in airconditioned restaurants must be kept 2-metres apart and diners are not allowed to sit opposite each other.

• Air-conditioned eateries can only fill 50 per cent of seats while open-air eateries 75 per cent. Diners are not allowed to spend more than an hour in a restaurant.

• Premises must be aired at least 30 minutes before the air-conditioning is turned on and the area must be ventilated every hour. Bathrooms should also have a good ventilation system.

• All food and beverage outlets are required to close by 8pm and consumption of alcohol in restaurants is strictly prohibited.

• Same restrictions apply to restaurants in shopping malls or similar establishments.