24 people and bar owner arrested at rooftop bar for allegedly drinking alcohol in Chiang Mai, violating Thai Emergency Decree

Chiang Mai –

A group of 24 alleged drinkers were caught red-handed at the rooftop of a bar in the Mueang Chiang Mai district today, September 5th, after allegedly violating the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee by gathering to drink alcoholic beverages.

At the raid, 24 alleged party-goers and a bar owner were spotted, according to police, drinking alcohol and dancing along with their own music band without wearing face masks and socially distancing, ignoring provincial Covid-19 control measures and the Emergency Decree.

All of them were taken to the Chang Puak Police Station for further questioning. The customers were initially charged for violating the order of the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee of prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages while the owner was charged for violating the provincial order allowing customers to consume alcoholic beverages in the shop.

Bars technically remain closed nationwide in the country, although enforcement can vary depending on the location in Thailand. Restaurants are also forbidden from selling alcohol with meals, as authorities claim drinking causes people to forget social distancing rules.

Chiang Mai is not a dark-red province, although technically alcohol rules under the emergency decree still apply. Comments on social media regarding the raid seem to suggest, however, that enforcement around the rule is not consistent.

Photo Courtesy: Manager Online

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.