Cha-am to allow alcohol serving in local SHA+-qualified restaurants, starting in December

Cha-am, Phetchaburi –

The Phetchaburi Provincial Communicable Disease is preparing to allow shops and restaurants in the tourist pilot area of Cha-am municipality to sell and drink alcoholic beverages until 10:00 PM., initially starting from December 1st to the 15th.

Nattawut Petchpromsorn, Deputy Governor of Phetchaburi Province, revealed to local reporters after a general meeting with Provincial Public Health officials and the official committee on Monday, November 29th, that no new infections of Covid-19 had been found in the municipality since the first day of the tourist pilot area opening on November 1st due to what he called the provinces effective management.

Therefore, the committee has agreed to relax and give green light to alcohol drinking and selling in SHA+ qualified restaurants located in the Blue Zone area of Cha-am municipality under the Covid Free setting standards.

The alcohol serving can proceed no later than 10:00 PM. daily and would officially start from December 1st to the 15th. Meanwhile, the provincial authorities would monitor the infection situation on the first 15-day trial before extending or revoking the relaxation in the next step.

“On behalf of Phetchaburi provincial office, I would like to thank all residents who had been well cooperating with the government’s rules and instructions, resulting in a steadily declining number of cases and the regulation relaxation in Cha-am. The area has become infection-free and many activities almost returned to normal now,” Deputy governor Nattawut stated.

Bars, nightclubs, karaoke establishments, and pubs remain legally closed nationwide, notes TPN media. Pattaya, the third-most visited city in Thailand in 2019 and highly reliant on its nightlife and tourism, has seen petitions, pleas, and protests from business owners for lifting a similar alcohol ban for weeks, but remains dry as of press time. Cha-am had seen, albeit on a smaller scale, similar protests and pleas for weeks to lift their own alcohol ban, as business owners claim it hurts tourism and business owners.

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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. 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.