Bangkok bars reopen soon

Bangkok bars reopen soon

A man walks past a pub in Bangkok's Sukhumvit Soi 55, an area in Thong Lor, last night. Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul
A man walks past a pub in Bangkok's Sukhumvit Soi 55, an area in Thong Lor, last night. Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) yesterday allowed restaurants to sell alcohol and have live music, and bars can serve alcohol again from next Monday.

The CCSA did, however, extend the state of emergency until March 31 in light of the second wave of Covid-19, said spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin.

Restaurants in 54 green zones will next Monday also be able to resume normal business hours, but those in 14 high-surveillance provinces or yellow zones must close before midnight, he said.

In eight orange or control zones which include Bangkok, restaurants are allowed to sell alcohol and stay open until 11pm.

Schools and tutoring institutions in the orange zones are allowed to provide normal teaching.

Indoor and outdoor fitness centres and gymnasiums in orange zones can resume normal operations, while sports competitions can be arranged with limits on the number of spectators.

As for Samut Sakhon, the only maximum and strict (dark red) control zone, dine-in services will be allowed but selling alcohol will still be prohibited.

Shopping malls and restaurants will be allowed to stay open until 9pm but schools and all types of gymnasiums and fitness clubs in the province must remain shut.

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Vocabulary

  • in light of: as a result of -
  • institutions: large and important organizations, such as universities or banks - สถาบัน
  • operations: the activity or work done in an area of business or industry - ปฎิบัติการ
  • prohibited (adj): not allowed; to banned - ถูกห้าม
  • resume: to begin again after stopping for a period of time - เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
  • state of emergency: a dangerous situation in which the government takes on special powers and the rights of the people are often limited in some way - ภาวะฉุกเฉิน   
  • surveillance: the process of carefully watching a person or place - การเฝ้าตรวจตราอย่างเข้มงวด
  • wave: an activity or situation which is happening again or is being repeated after a pause -
  • zone: an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed - พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต
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