July reopening eyed for Bangkok’s bars and clubs

Photo: Asia Today / Facebook
Photo: Asia Today / Facebook

Though this past weekend saw Bangkok’s nights plenty loud again, its nightlife venues are expected to get official approval to reopen next month.

Pubs, bars, clubs and karaoke venues are likely to get the nod in the next phase of relaxing measures due in July, a top army commander said yesterday after meeting with venue owners.

What Nattapol Nakpanit, deputy army chief, couldn’t be clear about was the future of sex massage parlors and the emergency decree, which is currently set to expire with June. 

He suggested that allowing it to sunset would automatically revoke all limits put in place to stem the outbreak.

“If the emergency decree lasts another month, there will be a Phase 5 of relaxed measures. If it is lifted, all businesses would be able to reopen,” he said.

He said the details would be confirmed after the COVID 19 task force meets Friday.

For 27 days, Thailand has recorded only new coronavirus infections that were contracted overseas by Thais quarantined after returning from abroad.

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