New Year celebrations allowed till 1 a.m.


THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee today (Dec.13) passed a resolution allowing the public to drink alcoholic beverages in restaurants on New Year’s Eve till 1 a.m. New Year’s Day, Matichon newspaper said.

Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesman, however said this is only allowed at open-air restaurants or those with good ventilation that have to strictly abide by Covid Free Setting measures.

At today’s meeting presided over by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha various other issues were also discussed including New Year countdown and prayers plus tourism measures as tabled by the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre with details to be released later in the day.

Earlier CCSA revealed that there were 3,398 Covid cases and 23 deaths today with this raising the cumulative confirmed total since April 1 to 2,143,181, Amarin TV said,

Of the new batch of cases 3,368 emerged in surveillance and healthcare systems, eight were found through proactive search in communities, two fell sick in prisons and detention centres while 20 foreign arrivals tested positive.

Another 5,467 patients were discharged from hospital taking total recoveries to 2,101,326.


Top: New Year celebrations in London courtesy of the BBC. Photo shared by Amanda Slater (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Home Page: New Year fireworks. Photo: tommi_berg (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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