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Two day ‘escape clause’ to buy alcohol before re-imposing bans

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Two day ‘escape clause’ to buy alcohol before re-imposing bans | Samui Times
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You may be able to buy alcohol once again…on a technicality.

But you’re going to have to be fast!

The Centre for Coivd-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)is considering a short 2-day window for alcohol sales.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), the current sales alcohol ban includes a sunset clause.

Yesterday, the CCSA discussed the possibility of renewing the ban from 3 May (this Sunday).

The ‘solution’ would allow sales on May 1 and 2 (Friday and Saturday) before the ban resumes.

Originally the alcohol ban was imposed just before Songkran and then it was extended on April 20 to the end of the month.

The reason for its extension was deterring the public from gathering in groups, working along with a curfew that runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. every night.

But the CCSA source says that the provincial governors will have a final say on the prohibition of alcohol.

But in practice, the governors of the country have generally been in line with the wishes of the CSSA.

If the two-day ‘sales’ window is approved today, it will only give suppliers a day to stock up on their expected panic stock-up.

The Thai cabinet approved yesterday the extension of an emergency decree which enables the government to rapidly adjust the restrictions as the Covid-19 outbreak is handled.

A final decision is still to be made on allowing alcohol sales for the two days.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

Also Read: Thailand’s alcohol Industry pleas PM to lift prohibition

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