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Relevant agencies have been asked to stringently enforce the ban on liquor sale on Makha Bucha Day, said Minister of Public Health Prof. Dr. Rajata Rajatanavin.
According to Dr. Rajata, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, BE 2551 prohibits the sale of alcohol on Makha Bucha Day. He also noted that End of Buddhist Lent has very recently been added as one of the days in which alcohol sales are banned.
To ensure that the ban is enforced, Dr. Rajata said the public health offices nationwide and provincial governors have been asked to stringently ensure compliance with the law, meaning that no alcoholic beverages are allowed to be sold, either in retail or wholesale form. The police force has also been asked to help monitor against any breaching of the law. Public Health Ministry officials will also be making random inspections.
The ban is effective throughout the entire 24 hours of March 4. Violators may be subjected to a maximum of six months imprisonment and up to 10,000 baht fine; or both.