Boozers in Bangkok will be on tenterhooks until Monday waiting on the decision by the BMA bigwigs as to whether the ban on the sale of alcohol will be extended or not.
The current #BangkokBoozeBan, introduced at short notice on April 10, expires on Monday and according to the Thai language paper the Daily News the subject of extending the order was discussed on Friday afternoon at a meeting chaired by Bangkok Governor Asawin Kwanmuang.
Following a brief discussion on the matter, it was agreed a decision regarding extending the ban on the sale of alcohol in Bangkok will be made on Monday.
With stocks running low in cupboards, fridges and mom and pop shops across the capital, an extension will bring a tear to the eye of many who enjoy a drink.
Photo Credit: Daily News
Two Weeks Of New Covid Control Measures Effective From April 18
The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration announced a new round of control measures this afternoon to curb the latest outbreak of the virus but there will be NO curfew and NO lockdown.
18 provinces have been recategorised as Red – Highly Controlled Area – Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Tak, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phuket, Rayong, Songkhla, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Sa Kaeo, Suphan Buri and Udon Thani.
All other provinces are now Orange – Controlled Area.
New measures for ALL provinces:
– closure of nightlife & entertainment venues
– closure of schools
– no events of more than 50 people without prior permission
– shopping malls and department stores to close at 9pm
– fitness centres, gyms, sports arenas to close 9pm and limit numbers
New measures in 18 Red provinces
– restaurants to close at 9pm, takeaway until 11pm
– no alcohol to be served
– supermarkets, convenience stores can open 4am – 11pm
New measures in 59 Orange provinces
– restaurants to close at 11pm
– no alcohol to be served
The CCSA also advised where possible for people to work from home, and refrain from unnecessary travel.
All new measures take effect from Sunday 18th April 2021 for at least two weeks.
If the situation improves, measures may be relaxed. However, if the situation worsens provincial governors may impose harsher measures.
BMA Issues Advisory On Self-Quarantine While Waiting To Be Admitted To Hospital
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has issued an advisory for those having tested positive for COVID-19 but have yet to find a hospital where they can be admitted to.
The advisory includes a 10-day home quarantine.
Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said infected people living at home with other family members should take the following four steps:
1) Isolate themselves in a room/bedroom,
2) Avoid eating with other members of the household,
3) Separate garbage
4) Use a separate toilet.
Infected patients can get more advice on self-isolation at the Medical Department Hotline 1668, the National Institute of Emergency Medicine Hotline 1669, and the NHSO Hotline 1330, 24 hours a day.
The Curtain Comes Down On Hua Hin
The hammer has fallen on Hua Hin after the governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan signed an order on Tuesday night shutting down high-risk businesses and banning the sale of booze in restaurants following a rise in the number of Covid cases in the province.
Along with shutting down pubs and clubs, the order lists water parks, children’s playgrounds, gyms, cinemas, internet cafes, gaming shops for closure too.
The sudden jump in cases has been linked to a concert by Joey Boy at the Maya Exclusive Pub in Hua Hin on March 30.
Hua Hin deputy district chief Montri Manichpong and assistant public health officer Janewit Plisak on Tuesday filed a complaint with Hua Hin police, urging them to take action against the owner of Maya Exclusive Pub for violating the Communicable Disease Act, the Entertainment Venue Act and the emergency decree.