By Thai Newsroom Reporters
ENTERTAINMENT VENUES TO BE legally allowed to open until 4 a.m. will only refer to those in Bangkok and three provinces widely known as major tourist spots and nowhere else in an initial stage, said Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul today (Nov.6).
The planned extension in the opening hours for these entertainment venues in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Phuket would likely be effective as of Dec.15 at a height of the country’s tourist season whilst those in all other provinces will not yet be initially provided such leniency, Anutin said.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin had earlier said the Pheu Thai-led government’s policy to extend the entertainment venues’ opening hours is primarily designed to promote tourism and create jobs for those making a living with them.
Meanwhile, public hearings are yet to be conducted to sound out the local people’s views, given possibilities of adverse environmental effects due to the extended opening hours until 4 a.m. for those entertainment spots with results of the hearings to be forwarded to the cabinet for consideration, according to the interior minister.
It remains to be seen whether live music performances and sales of alcoholic beverages could be legally allowed after midnight and whether any relevant laws might probably be amended to suit the entertainment venues’ extended hours, he said.
However, such extended opening hours for entertainment places in all other provinces throughout the country would not be legally allowed anytime soon, he said.
Pubs in Bangkok. Top photo: Sanook.com, Front Page photo: Thai Rath