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Chiang Mai halts alcohol sales to fight Covid-19

Apr 08. 2020
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By The Nation

Chiang Mai is banning alcohol sales from April 10 to 20 in its battle with Covid-19, according to an order issued on Tuesday by Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat.

He said the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee had issued emergency measures to deal with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in Chiang Mai for a long time, but the situation had not improved yet.

“To enhance measures to monitor, control, and prevent the spread of the virus by focusing on risks of infection and people’s needs, the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee has ordered retail and wholesale stores to temporarily stop alcohol sales,” he said.

He added that the move was under the Communicable Diseases Act, BE 2558 (2015) and the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation, BE 2548 (2005)

“Entrepreneurs who violate this order will be punished with not more than a year in prison or a fine not exceeding Bt100,000, or both, under Section 52 of the Communicable Diseases Act, or they will face not more than two years in jail or not more than Bt40,000 fine, or both, under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree,” he added.

“This order will be in effect from April 10 to 20.”

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