August 12, 2022
BANGKOK – The tourism minister mentioned on Thursday that he would ask the Centre for Covid-19 State of affairs Administration to contemplate permitting pubs and bars in main tourism provinces to stay open till 4am.
Tourism and Sports activities Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn mentioned he would suggest the extension regardless of sturdy criticism from some sections of society.
Presently, pubs and bars should shut by 2am.
Phiphat mentioned he is not going to suggest that every one pubs and bars nationwide be allowed to stay open till 4am: it’s solely these in main tourism provinces, he made it clear.
The minister mentioned his proposal was in step with overseas vacationer life, particularly these from Europe and the Center East.
Vacationers from these two areas usually have dinner from 10pm. The meals take time to reach and so they begin consuming solely after midnight, he identified.
“When they’re about to succeed in the height of the great time, it might be about time for pubs to shut, and the vacationers need to drink extra. So, the 2am closing doesn’t reply to their wants,” Phiphat mentioned.
The tourism minister famous that leisure locations in overseas nations additionally shut after 2am.
“For instance, when Thais make overseas journeys, in addition they need to have a very good time to the fullest extent,” Phiphat mentioned.
“So, the general public shouldn’t be anxious about this. And I want to inform all people and each company involved and NGOs, that are against the concept, that though pubs and bars shut at 2am, vacationers will nonetheless purchase alcohol and proceed consuming elsewhere anyway.”
He mentioned some would possibly proceed consuming in areas that might be arduous to observe and this might result in crimes.
“If the zoning is about for a 4am closing, I’m assured the federal government can assure the security of vacationers by as much as 80 per cent,” he believed.
Phiphat has been one of many uncommon politicians to dare to overtly help what’s seen as a “social vice”. Supporters have been stigmatised as a result of they’ve been seen as going towards the morality of Thailand’s “Buddhism society”, with their proposals at all times being shot down by these claiming to be religious Buddhists.