Alcohol Ban on Friday Confirmed for End of Buddhist Lent

Police have confirmed that the sale of alcohol will be banned for the 24 hours on Friday 2nd October 2020 as the nation commemorates “Wan Org Pansa”, the marking the end of Buddhist Lent.

The alcohol ban will come into effect just after midnight tonight, (00:01am Friday), 2nd October until 11:59pm, 2nd October).

The alcohol ban for Wan Org Pansa was instituted by law under an announcement by the Prime Minister’s Office on 22nd January 2015.

This will mean bars, clubs, and other nightlife venues will need to close from midnight the night before, and cannot re-open until midnight Friday night/Saturday morning. The ban on alcohol sales will also apply to supermarkets, hotels, and restaurants.


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Under the order, the sale of alcohol is prohibited on five specific religious days: Makha Bucha, Visakha Bucha, Asarnha Bucha Day, Khao Pansa and Wan Org Pansa.

Anyone caught breaking the ban faces a prison sentence of up to six months, a B10,000 fine or both.

Police chiefs have urged people to be respectful on the day.


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