Authorities in Thailand have been working hard to attract tourists back to the country, finally allowing quarantine-free travel to fully vaccinated travellers from 63 countris from the start of November.
There is one sticking point still seen as a barrier for many however, nightime entertainment venues, including bars and nightclubs, have had to remain closed.
There were hopes that the enforced closure would end from 1st December but those hopes were today dashed following news from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) who have decided to extend the ban until at least 16th January 2022.
“We need time from Nov 15 to Jan 15 to prepare for the reopening.” Dr Taweesilp said.Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesperson Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration
The news is a massive blow not just to operators and staff of the venues but also of the wider travel community who see the ban as a major deterrent to visitors wanting to visit the country. Social media is already alive with people saying that they will be cancelling plans, even for after 16th January, amid fears that the ban will continue.
The latest statement from the CCSA not only says that January is a tentative date but also that if it does happen, it is likley to be for select areas of the country only.
Alcoholic drinks are only currently allowed in restaurants and other eateries in Bangkok, Krabi, Phangnga, and Phuket.
The CCSA remain concerned that there would be an increase in infections without suitable control measures if nightime entertainment venues were allowed to reopen at the moment due to inadequate ventilation and congestion.
Source: Bangkok Post
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