MID-AFTERNOON PROHIBITION LAWS UNDER DISCUSSION

With alcohol sales a hot topic in consideration of Covid-related restrictions, Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the Minister of Tourism and Sports is questioning the current restrictions on buying alcohol between 2 PM and 5 PM. 

The Minister has met with the Minister of the Interior and the Deputy Minister of Public Health to discuss ways to unlock the sale of alcoholic beverages for the three hour period especially in tourist areas, particularly areas declared as blue zones.

Current laws allow alcohol sales at convenience stores from 11 AM until 2 PM, then from 5 PM until midnight.  That means that the purchase of beer or wine supplies cannot be made during a mid-afternoon shopping trip at a supermarket. 

The Minister says he doesn’t understand the mid-afternoon prohibition which he says which is ‘’like lying to yourself, because those who want to drink can buy and stock up.” 

He suggests that the best time for alcohol sales is to from 11 AM until 11 PM or midnight.