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Big Name Bangkok Bars And Clubs Temporarily Closing Over Covid-19 Concerns

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Big Name Bangkok Bars And Clubs Temporarily Closing Over Covid-19 Concerns

Several big-name Bangkok bars and clubs located in popular hotspots with Thais have announced they will temporarily close until further notice due to Covid-19 concerns.

The popular ONYX Club located on Royal City Avenue issued the following statement via their Facebook page on Saturday morning.

According to COVID-19 pandemic, ONYX Club has been closely monitored the situation at all times including various preventive protocols to reduce the risk of spreading. The protocols are body temperature measuring, disinfection spraying, providing hand sanitizer gel, deep cleaning before and after operating time and etc. We took those preventive protocols strictly since the beginning of a pandemic.

Unfortunately, the current situation has been extremely intensified. Therefore ONYX Club has decided to temporarily closed, regarding our employees and customers safeness as well as the community at large.

ONYX Club will be temporarily closed from March 16, 2020 onwards, until further notice regarding the upcoming situation of overall.

Sincerely,
ONYX Club

A similar message was posted to the pages of Demo and Dirty Bar located on Thonglor Soi 10.

According to COVID-19 pandemic, DEMO & Dirty bar are concerned about the health and safety of everyone during this outbreak. Therefore We will be temporarily closed from March 15, 2020 onwards, until further notice regarding the upcoming situation of overall.

Sincerely
DEMO & Dirty Bar

Big Name Bangkok Bars And Clubs Temporarily Closing Over Covid-19 Concerns

And again on the official Facebook page for Babyface Superclub on Sukhumvit Soi 63.

Due to the escalating circumstances of the current global pandemic,⁣ BABYFACE SUPERCLUB have been closely monitoring the developments while taken precautionary and preventive measures to ensure the safety of our customers and staffs by conducting disinfectant fumigation from certified agent.

BABYFACE SUPERCLUB also provides digital thermal heat scan and alcohol gel prescreen before entry to all visitors following the strict guidelines from the Ministry of Public Health ever since the beginning of the global news alert.⁣⁣

With increasing cautionary pandemic situation, BABYFACE SUPERCLUB would like to exercise highest precautionary effort by temporary closing our doors and holding operations from Sunday March 15,2020 to ensure highest safety precaution to our valuable customers and staffs until further notice.⁣⁣

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and looking forward to serving our clients once the situations returns to normal.⁣

Big Name Bangkok Bars And Clubs Temporarily Closing Over Covid-19 Concerns

All four venues are popular hangouts for the younger trendy Thai crowd that also draw a number of younger expats and tourists.

The closures are a trend that is likely to grow over the next couple of weeks as people become more concerned with the Covid-19 situation and chose to stay at home leaving business owners with no other choice than to close down on a temporary basis.

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Government Set To Launch New Covid Relief Package

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Government Set To launch New Covid Relief Package

The government will launch a new relief package worth 225 billion baht to help 51 million people affected by the latest outbreak of COVID-19.

As part of the new measures, which will go before Cabinet next week, the government will launch a “Ying Chai Ying Dai” (the more you spend, the more you get) scheme, to give away e-vouchers, from July to September, to encourage the purchase of food, household products and services through the government’s e-wallet system.

Additionally, the relief package consists of a 67-billion-baht extension of the “Rao Chana” scheme, a new 18.5-billion-baht phase of the “Section 33 Rao Rak Kan” scheme and other measures worth around 140 billion baht in total. The “Khon La Khrueng” co-pay scheme will also be continued, providing 3,000-baht subsidies for everyday expenses.

For employees of private companies, the self-employed and farmers, the government will offer loans of 10,000 baht each, with a monthly interest rate of 0.35% for up to three years. The loans, totalling 20 billion baht, will be issued through the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives and the Government Savings Bank.

NNT- National News Bureau of Thailand

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Important Update Regarding Vaccines For Foreigners In Thailand

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Important Update Regarding Vaccines For Foreigners In Thailand

A spokesperson for the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs addressed the topic of vaccines for foreign residents residing in Thailand at today’s daily CCSA breifing.

This issue was the major talking point yesterday on social media among the expat community following a quote from a mid-level bureaucrat at the Ministry Of Public Health that was spun into clickbait by the Bangkok Post that left foreigners believing they would be last in line to be vaccinated.

Several key points were addressed including the lack of functionality on the official government app to register for the jab if you don’t have a Thai ID card.

Watch the full statement from Khun Phensom Lertsittichai below.



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New Crypto Regulations In Thailand Require In-Person ID Checks

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New Crypto Regulations In Thailand Require In-Person ID Checks

From September anyone in Thailand who wants to open a new cryptocurrency account must register in person, following an announcement from the Anti-Money Laundering Office.

Those wishing to set up a new crypto account will be required to submit key documents in person to register, as well as scan their Thai identification card in what is being referred to as a “dip-chip” machine.

The dip-chip machine system has successfully been used previously to register gold traders across Thailand.

Authorities expect the opening of crypto accounts to slow with the new rules as the opening of exchange accounts has traditionally been done online.

Some argue that having to physically register goes against the concept of crypto being a decentralized and digital system.

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