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The Few Bangkok Bars That Remain Open Are Slowly Pulling The Plug

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The Few Bangkok Bars Who Remain Open Are Slowly Pulling The Plug

Despite the government mandate issued on Tuesday by the Prime Minister for all bars, pubs and clubs in Bangkok and surrounding areas to close from 18-31 March, some venues remained open as normal.

The reason certain bars could stay open was down to licensing – if the business had a restaurant license they simply had to follow the set of guidelines issued by the government.

Some of the criteria included customer and staff temperature checks at regular intervals, masks and gloves to be worn at all times by all members of staff, routine handwashing and cleaning common area surfaces such as tables and bar tops.

Even with everything in order, city hall officials were none too chuffed believing some were “flouting” the government directive and “cheating”.

Officials were out in force making checks on bars and restaurants around town on Thursday before forwarding their findings to local police district chiefs to take action where appropriate.

More than a few were paid a visit and ordered to shut it down. Other venues who stayed open Wednesday and Thursday have now taken it upon themselves to pull the plug until the end of the month.

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Five Suffer Minor Injuries In Bus Accident

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Five injured in bus accident

Five passengers were treated for minor injuries after the bus they were travelling on ran off the highway and crashed into a ditch in Prachuap Khiri Khan province late on Monday.

The accident happened at around 11.10pm near the Bang Saphan intersection in Bang Saphan district.

Three men and two women were slightly injured. They were admitted to Bang Saphan Hospital.

The bus driver told police he left Bangkok on Monday evening with 27 passengers and two crew heading south for Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Near the Bang Saphan intersection, he said a bicycle cut in front of the bus and he swerved to avoid hitting it and rashed into the ditch which toppled the bus onto its side.

Two power poles were brought down by the bus. Damage was estimated at 200,000 baht.

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Ban On International Flights Lifted Wednesday

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Ban On International Flights Lifted Wednesday

Thailand will lift its ban on inbound international flights on Wednesday that has been in place since April 4 for certain aircraft and passengers.

The announcement by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand on Monday night stated all flights and passengers must comply with the conditions set out under the Immigration Act, communicable diseases laws, air aviation law and the emergency decree.

The news comes after the government approval of some foreign travel back into the country for business people, foreigners seeking medical treatment and those with work permits, spouses or permanent residency.

The list of people allowed into Thailand is as follows:

1. Thai nationals
2. Persons with an exemption or persons being considered, permitted or invited by the Prime Minister, or the head of responsible persons accountable for resolving the state of emergency issues to enter the Kingdom, as necessary. Such consideration, permission or invitation may be subject to specified conditions and time limits.
3. Non-Thai nationals who are a spouse, parents, or children of a Thai national.
4. Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid certificate of residence, or permission to take up residence in the Kingdom
5. Non-Thai nationals who hold a valid work permit or are allowed to work in the Kingdom, including their spouse or children.
6. Carriers of necessary goods, subject to immediate return after completion.
7. Crew members who are required to travel into the Kingdom on a mission, and have a specified date and time for return.
8. Non-Thai nationals who are students of educational institutions approved by Thai authorities, including the parents or guardians of the students.
9. Non-Thai nationals who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand, and their attendants. However, this shall not include medical treatment for COVID–19.
10. Individuals in diplomatic missions, consular affairs, international organizations, government representatives, foreign government agencies working in Thailand, or individual in other international agencies as permitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including their spouse, parents, or children.
11. Non-Thai nationals who are permitted to enter the Kingdom under a special arrangement with a foreign country.

Foreigners granted entry will have to go undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine at their own expense unless they have been invited by the government.

Anyone who believes they fall into one of the categories listed should contact their local Thai embassy for more information.

General tourism is not permitted at this time.

The Department of Airports said fewer than 5 million passengers passed through the country’s 28 airports since the beginning of 2020.

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Entertainment And Nightlife Get The Green Light

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Entertainment And Nightlife Get The Green Light

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration today confirmed the easing measures under “Phase 5” for businesses and activities deemed “high risk” that will be allowed to reopen from Wednesday 1st July 2020.

Bars, pubs and clubs, karaoke shops, soapy massage parlours, arcades and internet cafes will all be allowed to reopen under strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Entertainment and nightlife venues must close at midnight under the easing measures.

The Emergency Decree was also extended by another month until July 31 to maintain certain measures still in place such as closed borders, state quarantine with CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin pointing out the Communicable Diseases Act is not enough to rule on such measures.

A list of measures for the reopening of venues will be announced shortly but likely to closely follow the proposals announced last week.

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