Entertainment venues urge govt to ease shutdown measures
A network of entertainment venues on Monday submitted a letter to the government calling on it to ease shutdown measures enforced to curb the spread of Covid-19, as well as provide assistance to businesses that have been affected.
Venues such as pubs and bars are on the top of the list of venues ordered shutdown by each province’s communicable diseases committee since the new wave of infections hit Thailand. The temporary shutdown was ordered to prevent new cluster cases.
The proposals presented by the Entertainment Professionals Federation of Thailand are:
• Suspension of debt repayment for professionals in entertainment businesses, including pub and bar owners, concert organisers, musicians, singers and related staff.
• Provision of soft loans to those in entertainment businesses at low or zero interest.
• Permission to open for entertainment venues that have not reported any infections for 28 consecutive days.
The letter, which was handed in by the federation’s president Kathawut Thongthai, was accepted by National Security Council secretary-general General Nattapon Nakpanich, who promised to forward it to relevant agencies.