CHIANG MAI JOINS PHUKET WITH ALCOHOL SALES AT RESTAURANTS APPROVED

Chiang Mai authorities have now approved the selling and drinking alcoholic beverages at restaurants until 9:00 PM.

Charoenrut Sanguan, Chiang Mai Governor, also approved of some other relaxation of some measures, including the reopening of tattoo and piercing shops.

Meanwhile, entertainment venues, pubs, bars, karaokes, and massage parlors remain closed until further notice. Places with snooker tables, billiards, pool tables, bowling as well as internet cafes, and game centres are also not allowed to be operated just yet.

This follows Phuket also easing restrictions on Monday. Both provinces are designated “yellow zones” by the Thai government, based on several factors around Covid-19 risk set by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA.

Yellow zones are allowed to sell alcohol at restaurants, however, provincial governors have to give the final approval. So far, not many provincial governors have chosen to do so, apart from those with significant appeal to tourism such as Phuket and Chiang Mai.

Provinces designated as orange (including Prachuap Khiri Khan), red (including Phetchaburi) or dark red provinces, including Bangkok cannot sell alcohol at restaurants, an order of the CCSA with bars and nightlife remaining closed nationwide.