Nightlife venues to reopen on July 1

Thai nightlife will soon be back as the CCSA on Sunday promised to allow pubs, bars, karaoke parlours and other entertainment venues to reopen.

The decision was reached in talks between Nattapol Nakpanit of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), and representatives of nightlife and musicians. It still needs endorsement, however, by the full-fledged CCSA meeting on Friday.

Musicians and entertainers made an emotional appeal on Thursday to the government to allow them to get back to work as the long closure had caused them to lose income. 

Gen Nattapol said after he will recommend to the CCSA in a meeting on Friday that they be allowed to get back to work, but stressed the need for proper measures to prevent Covid-19 infections.

“The fifth stage of easing restrictions will take place, with or without the extension of the emergency decree for another month,” said Gen Nattapol. “If the emergency decree is lifted, all closure orders will automatically end.”

The emergency decree will stay in place at least until the end of this month and it can be extended by the centre if authorities remain worried about Covid-19. Thailand has recorded no new local transmissions for 27 days, with recent cases imported by Thais returning to the country.

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