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Health agency to ensure beer gardens comply with laws

Dec 07. 2019
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By THE NATION

Shopping malls and restaurants in Thailand that usually set up beer gardens to serve alcoholic beverages together with live music shows for those looking to party and count down to the new year will be closely monitored, the Health department chief said on Saturday (December 7).

Department of Health director-general Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn said that as the year draws to a close, the Department "is monitoring these beer gardens to make sure they comply with related health regulations, especially the Public Health Act BE 2535", she said.

“Entrepreneurs looking to set up booths selling foods with music performance in an area larger than 200 square metres must obtain a permit from the local administration office,” she said. “Furthermore, in cities with regulations limiting activities that may affect health type 9 (6), which covers music performance in public area, entrepreneurs must obtain permit for activities under type 9 (6) as well.”

Panpimol further added that beer gardens selling foods must comply with ministerial regulations regarding hygienic conditions under food-selling establishment BE 2561. “Violation of these regulations may result in confiscation of permit as well as a maximum Bt50,000 fine or six months imprisonment, or both.”

“Sellers of alcoholic beverages must also follow the regulations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act BE 2551,” she added. “The Department of Health would urge people to drink moderately and responsibly, as alcohol causes several health problems and is one of the major causes of road accidents.”

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