ALTHOUGH Bangkok Metropolitan Administration yesterday gave the green light for people to drink alcohol at SHA certified restaurants till 9 p.m. from tomorrow (Nov. 1) National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk warned that no parties or other activities that lead to coronavirus spreading will be allowed, Naewna newspaper said.
Pol Maj. Gen. Yingyot Thepchamnong, spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, said major changes are coming into effect tomorrow with Bangkok along with Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket coming under the new blue tourism pilot scheme zone as the country opens up for tourism.
This was followed by the Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee allowing the consumption of alcohol at restaurants that pass the Safety and Health Administration (SHA) standard of the Tourism Authority of Thailand till 9 p.m.
However, Pol. Gen. Suwat today ordered all concerned police units to invite entrepreneurs and related parties to come in for a briefing on the requirements according to the announcements and orders issued to prevent the spread of coronavirus and ensure they are strictly implemented. Supervisors will be monitoring police operations to ensure they are within the law.
Where Bangkok is concerned, patrons are allowed to drink alcohol at SHA certified restaurants till 9 p.m. and may continue eating after that.
However police were told to inform restaurateurs that they have to follow Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee’s measures with parties and any other activities that could lead to coronavirus spreading being forbidden and strict action will be taken against all violators.
Those who have clues on Covid risky activities may call police hotline numbers, 191 and 1599, all 24 hours a day.
Meanwhile the Foreign Ministry late last night increased the number of countries allowed quarantine -free entry from tomorrow from 46 to 63 with India being among those given this privilege, Sanook.com said.
The 63 countries on this list are as follows:
– South Korea
– New Zealand
– Brunei Darussalam
– The Philippines
– Hong Kong
– Sri Lanka
– Saudi Arabia
– United Arab Emirates
– The Netherlands
– United Kingdom
– Czech Republic
– United States of America.
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