The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has agreed to allow restaurants to serve alcohol until 11pm starting tomorrow.
In an announcement signed by Bangkok governor Pol Gen Aswin Kwanmuang, operators certified with SHA and Thai Stop Covid Plus can serve alcoholic drinks for an extra two hours having only been allowed to serve until 9pm under the previous order.
Night entertainment venues such as pubs, bars, and karaoke parlours remain closed until 31st December, according to the announcement. Pol Gen Kwanmuang urged operators of night entertainment venues to register their establishments for reopening and inspection by relevant agencies.
When the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) agrees to allow them to resume activities tentatively in mid-January, they will then be ready to reopen immediately, he said.
As of yesterday, a total of 9,051 businesses including 6,167 restaurants had received SHA certificates while 1,605 businesses including 560 restaurants are certified with SHA Plus certificates.
Pol Gen Kwanmuang said the CCSA and the Public Health Ministry have yet to decide if large gatherings can be organised for New Year celebrations.