Starting today, Tuesday, Nov. 16, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will further relax restrictions on alcohol sales as more restaurants are allowed to sell alcohol. Bars with the “Thai Stop Covid Plus” certification can from today, just like companies with SHA certification, serve their guests with alcoholic drinks until 9 p.m.
According to a report by the Bangkok Post, the relaxed measures will apply until November 30, when officials will evaluate their impact on Covid-19 infection rates if necessary.
According to Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai of the Ministry of Health, Thai Stop Covid Plus certification has been introduced to help businesses reopen with adequate health and safety measures to prevent the virus from spreading. This includes adequate ventilation and regular testing of personnel with antigen test kits. Tables and chairs should be cleaned after each use, common contact points and toilets should be disinfected regularly.
According to the Bangkok Post report, khu. Thaniwan Kulmongkol of the Thai Restaurant Association welcomed the easing of restrictions and urged restaurants to adhere to disease prevention measures. However, she believes that the easing of restrictions does not go far enough and has asked the government to allow the sale of alcohol until 11 p.m. Thaniwan says more than 30,000 restaurants now have Thai Stop Covid Plus certification, adding that the number of infections has not increased after the capital’s recent easing of restrictions.
For now, properly certified restaurants in Bangkok, Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi are allowed to sell alcohol until 9 p.m.
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