Phuket governor calls on Bangkok to end restaurant alcohol ban and bar closure

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The governor of Phuket has lodged a formal appeal for restaurants on the south island to be allowed to sell alcohol and for nightlife to be reopened. The Phuket News reports that Narong Woonciew submitted the request to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration yesterday, citing the unprecedented financial hardship residents are facing due to the restrictions.

The island has been open to foreign tourists since July 1 through its sandbox program, but, as reported by the Phuket News, Narong says visitors are negatively affected by not being able to drink alcohol in restaurants. during their vacation.

“The province of Phuket has put in place measures such as ordering a ban on the sale of alcohol and for people to refrain from drinking alcohol or alcoholic beverages in restaurants. However, as the restaurants and food establishments of hotels and other food or drink outlets serve the tourists of Phuket Sandbox, tourists are affected. The service is inconsistent with the guidelines for promoting tourism in Phuket, which enforce strict disease control measures. “

In his letter to CCSA, the governor says the sandbox operates under strict regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but the prolonged closure of bars and other nightlife spots is having a detrimental effect on livelihoods . He says bar and nightclub owners are willing to adhere to strict disease control measures if they are allowed to reopen to serve sandbox tourists.

“There are still food or drink outlets that cannot open, but must open and want to open in accordance with disease control measures so that they can serve tourists traveling according to the sandbox project of Phuket and tourists in general are directly affected. “

The governor goes on to describe a long list of public health measures agreed at a recent meeting of the Communicable Disease Committee in Phuket. These measures would govern the reopening of bars and nightlife and the sale of alcohol, if the CCSA consents.

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THE SOURCE: Phuket News

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