Bangkok announces ban on alcohol sales from April 10 to April 20


In a statement from Police Major General Pongsakorn Kwanmuang at the Covid 19 Disease Management Center in Bangkok at 1:30 PM this afternoon that was reported widely on Thai Media he stated that Bangkok would cease all sales of alcohol from April 10 to 20.

The official reason stated was to help encourage social distancing and stop the spread of Covid-19, however, it is also believed according to many comments on Thai social media that this follows similar moves in Chiang Mai to stop people from gathering and drinking during the traditional Thai New Year, or Songkran, which falls during the same period.

Officially, Songkran has been postponed to a later date by the Thai Prime Minister, however, the exact date has not been announced. The days are no longer public holidays but officials fear that people may still try to celebrate independently.

There are ten other provinces with bans or restrictions on alcohol sales according to Thai Media:
1. Sakon Nakhon 31 March – 16 April
2. Chiang Mai 10-20 April
3. Rayong 3–15 April
4 Buriram 2-30 April
5. Mukdahan 6-30 April
6. Suphanburi 4-30 April
7. Nakhon Pathom 2-30 April
8. Lamphun 1-30 April
9. Chonburi from 6pm to 6am Morning (With the National alcohol sales laws still in effect this means one can only really purchase from 11-2 and 5-6)
10. Surin, 2-30 April

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