About 56.8 per cent of Thais disagree with the government’s decision to allow restaurants in 17 “blue zone” provinces to serve alcoholic beverages to customers, a recent survey found the survey.
The government’s green light, amid an easing of the Covid19 situation, aims to boost tourism and help businesses get back on their feet. Seventeen provinces have reopened from November 1 to foreign visitors who have been fully vaccinated and tested negative upon arrival in the country.
The Anamai survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health from November 1 to 14 of 2,823 people, found that 56.8 per cent of respondents disagree with the decision that restaurants can serve alcohol.
Of those who disagree, 86.6 per cent said such a move could trigger a spike in infections and lead to new cluster cases, while 56.3 per cent said the measures restaurants should follow are not. strict enough to prevent the virus from spreading. And 53.8 per cent said they did not believe business owners would strictly adhere to disease control measures.
Of those who agreed with the measure, 86.6 per cent said the move would help boost the economy, 61.4 per cent believed it would boost employment and 22 per cent believed it would promote tourism and give visitors a place that would offer to hang out at night.
The poll also found that 70.7 per cent of respondents wanted restaurants serving alcoholic beverages to meet safety standards, such as the Thai Stop Covid Plus, Covid Free Setting and SHA.
Nearly 70 per cent said all restaurant workers should be fully vaccinated and undergo regular ATK testing, while 65.7 per cent believe such rules should apply to customers as well.
About 41 per cent said restaurants should set a maximum time for each customer to drink in their establishment, while 6.2 per cent said they should limit the amount of alcohol per table to promote responsible drinking.
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