Dine-in curbs lifted; pools, libraries open

Dine-in curbs lifted; pools, libraries open

A man eats noodle at a shop in Bangkok on Sunday. City Hall eases restrictions at restaurants and other places from Monday. (Photo by Arnun Chonmahatrakool)
A man eats noodle at a shop in Bangkok on Sunday. City Hall eases restrictions at restaurants and other places from Monday. (Photo by Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

City Hall is lifting restrictions on dining at non-air-conditioned restaurants and increasing the seating limits at some venues in Bangkok from Monday.

Non-air-conditioned restaurants can once again operate at 100% capacity, while air-conditioned venues are allowed to set aside up to 50% of their space for dine-in customers.

Previously, all eateries and restaurants were required to limit their seats to 25% of their total capacity.

The order also allows eateries and restaurants in Bangkok to open until 11pm, up from 9pm previously, though the ban on alcohol consumption on restaurant premises remains in place.

The order also allows swimming pools and other water-sports facilities to reopen, along with education centres and science parks, and public and privately-run libraries.

Sporting events without spectators are now allowed.

In Bangkok and other provinces which are dark red zones, entertainment venues including karaoke bars and pubs will remain closed, while department stores are allowed to operate until 9pm.

A ban on a large gathering of more than 50 people and the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places also remains in place.

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Vocabulary

  • ban: an official statement ordering people not to do, sell or use something - การห้าม
  • capacity: the amount of something that can be produced or done - ความสามารถในการ (ระบาย, ผลิต etc.)
  • consumption: using, eating or drinking something - การบริโภค
  • curb (noun): something that controls and puts limits on something - สิ่งควบคุม, สิ่งจำกัด, สิ่งระงับ
  • eatery: a restaurant - ภัตตาคาร
  • facility: a building used for a particular purpose - สิ่งก่อสร้าง
  • gathering: an occasion when many people come together as a group - การรวมตัว, การประชุม
  • mandatory: ordered by a law or rule - ตามข้อบังคับ
  • spectator: a person who watches an activity without taking part - ผู้เข้าชม
  • 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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