National Security Council chief Gen Nattapon Nakpanich said yesterday that restaurants may be allowed to resume selling alcohol if the Ministry of Public Health agrees to forward the proposal for consideration by the CCSA.
Gen Nakpanich, as CCSA’s chief of operations, was responding to a question after the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration eased restrictions on five types of business, including beauty clinics and spas, from Monday.
Gen Nakpanich said the CCSA would consider letting restaurants resume serving alcohol if the Ministry of Public Health put it on the meeting agenda.
The Thai Restaurant Association has written to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha seeking to ease public health restrictions imposed on Bangkok restaurants and eateries that drive down their income, asking to extend the dine-in services from 9 pm to 11 pm.
Thaniwan Kulmongkol, president of the Thai Restaurant Association, said it would ask the CCSA to establish a committee, comprising the National Economic and Social Committee, Finance Ministry, Bank of Thailand and other restaurant associations to tailor trading restrictions for each area and thus relieve the plight suffered by restaurateurs during the pandemic.