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Bangkok restaurants will serve alcohol until 11 p.m.

Bangkok restaurants will serve alcohol until 11 p.m.

Closed bars can be converted to serve food, alcohol

This bar in Bangkok’s Patpong district has had a facelift and is now serving food as the government’s shutdown order for entertainment venues remains in effect. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

Bangkok restaurants that meet disease control standards can serve alcohol until 11 p.m. from Wednesday, and pub owners can convert their premises into restaurants if they also want to reopen, the Governor of Bangkok.

Governor Aswin Kwanmuang issued his latest order on closing and reopening business premises on Monday.

The order allows restaurants in Bangkok that meet the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration (SHA) standard and the Ministry of Health’s Thai Stop Covid Plus standard to serve alcoholic beverages until 11 p.m. from December 1.

The current deadline is 9 p.m. The new ordinance is in effect from December 1 to 31.

Pol Gen Aswin said on Monday that pubs, bars and karaoke places would remain closed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. If operators wanted to reopen in the meantime, they could convert their premises to serve food.

If they met disease control standards for restaurants, they would be allowed to reopen, Bangkok’s governor said.

Operators could make changes and improvements to meet Ministry of Health Covid Free Setting standards, and await evaluation.

If they passed the assessment and the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration approved their reopening after the New Year, then they could reopen immediately, the governor said.