Drinking at Bangkok’s restaurants may soon be a thing again: health officials

Restaurants may be allowed to serve alcohol when health officials further relax measures taken to stem the spread of COVID-19.

With no cases of domestic transmission detected for 16 days, public health officials today said they are gearing up for the next phase of reopening and may let international schools reopen and alcohol be served again at restaurants and hotels. 

Out of consideration for now: pubs, bars, karaoke parlors, and sex massage joints, according to Taweesilp Wissanuuyothin, COVID-19 task force spokesperson.

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Events such as conferences, sports and concerts will be allowed so long as “safe social distancing” is practiced, Taweesilp said, as will health spas, onsens and saunas.

Amusement parks, theme parks, playgrounds and swimming pools will also be allowed but children’s ball pit play areas must remain closed.

Though no specific date was given for what would be the fourth phase of lifting the limits placed on business activities, it could take place as soon as next week or possibly the beginning of July. Next month is also when the government is expected to reinstate the postponed Songkran holidays.

Taweesilp said details about the fourth phase will be clarified Friday.

Four new COVID-19 cases were announced today. Two were women recently returned from India, a man from Madagascar and a woman from Pakistan. Their illnesses were discovered at quarantine facilities where Thais repatriated from abroad have been confined upon arrival for two weeks.

Total known COVID-19 infections now stand at 3,125 and the death toll at 58.

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