Two day alcohol sales ban for religious holidays starts Sunday

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The Department of Disease Control in Thailand confirmed in a post on social media this morning that there is a 48 hour ban on the sales of all alcohol this weekend and the official dates will be July 5th and 6th, 2020.

This means that at Midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning, selling alcohol will be illegal until Midnight Monday night/Tuesday morning.  This follows substantial confusion and mixed messages on many websites and forums regarding the alcohol closure days due to calendar differences in Thailand and other countries.  We waited to announce this at The Pattaya News as there were mixed messages from various officials and organizations as well until this morning.

This means that entertainment venues, which primarily sell alcohol, who were just allowed to re-open after a three and a half month closure, will need to shut their doors again on Sunday and Monday to respect the religious holidays in Thailand. Violators face up to six months in jail and/or a fine of 10,000 baht.

All sales are forbidden, which means that although restaurants can be open, they cannot sell alcohol. All stores and shopping centers are also forbidden from selling. There is no ban on consumption of alcohol in the privacy of your own home.

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