Some Thai provinces allow reopening of animal sports venues, such as bull fighting and chicken fighting

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT – Nakhon Si Thammarat province has allowed animal sports venues to reopen with COVID-19 preventative measures in place. These venues and events include the local bull fighting, cockfighting, betta fish fighting, and red-whiskered bulbul singing farms.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Communicable Diseases Committee chaired by Governor Siripat Phatthakun has recently allowed animal sports events and venues to reopen when they are ready, with COVID-19 risk management in place.

Audiences and participants in such events must wear a face mask at all times, while holders of animal sports licences will be called to a meeting where they will be briefed on the operational guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These venues can be forced to close if found to be not complying with the measures.

This latest relaxation of lockdown measures allows venues in Nakhon Si Thammart to reopen, based on the discretion of the provincial communicable diseases committee.

In Bangkok however, the Governor of Bangkok Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang has signed a temporary venues closure order, which mandates that animal sports venues in Bangkok remain closed until at least 31st August, following the State of Emergency extension. Chonburi province, which includes Pattaya, has also chosen to leave them closed.

The new order does however, include a provision for these venues to reopen when deemed appropriate, with public health measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Venues illegally opened, or not complying with the health and safety measures, will be considered violators of the Communicable Diseases Act, and will face up to 1 year imprisonment, up to a 100,000 baht fine, or both punishments. They will also be punished based under the Emergency Decree which is still in place, adding an additional 2 years imprisonment, or a further fine of up to 40,000 baht fine or both. Such venues will also be forced to close by the authorities.

It is worth noting that horse racing venues remain closed as well. Owners of such establishments have been petitioning the Thai Government to allow them to reopen.

Source: Thai National News Bureau

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