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Alcohol ban returns to Bangkok's restaurants and bars following latest COVID-19 clusters

With the recent designation as a red-zone area, restaurants and bars in Bangkok are now prohibited to serve alcoholic drinks to prevent the spreading.

By Arpiwach Supateerawanitt
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Director-General Disease Control Department Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong has announced today (April 5) that Bangkok is now designated as a red-zone area once again after COVID-19 clusters resurfaced in the city during last weekend, which results in the alcohol ban in restaurants and bars as well as the limit of opening hours to 21:00.

At 16:30 today, according to Channel 7, Dr. Opas broke the bad news immediately after the department meeting regarding the urgent restrictions in Bangkok following the discovery of new 70 cases that were suspected to originate in an entertainment venue in Pathum Thani and spread out to Crystal Club in Thonglor as well as Blabla Bar and Beer House in Ekkamai.

The Disease Control Department is approved by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to impose restrictions in Bangkok wherein restaurants, bars, and karaoke venues are still allowed to provide service for dining-in customers to only 21:00, whereas the alcoholic beverage serving is completely prohibited all day long. In the meantime, other sorts of venues—like shopping malls, educational institutes, gyms, and fitness centers—can still open to business as usual.

The restrictions will be in effect for the next two weeks as of now.

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