Alcohol remains off the menu at restaurants in Hua Hin

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The sale of alcohol continues to be prohibited at restaurants in Hua Hin.

On Monday (Nov 15), Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced that it was further easing restrictions with regards to the sale of alcohol in restaurants in the capital.

Since Nov 1, restaurants in Bangkok with an SHA certification have been able to serve alcohol to customers until 9pm.

But now the restrictions have further been eased with the BMA announcing that Bangkok restaurants with the newly launched Thai Stop Covid Plus certification will also be able to serve alcoholic drinks until 9pm.

However, in Hua Hin, as well as in neighbouring Cha Am, alcohol sales in restaurants continue to be prohibited, despite a reduction in COVID-19 cases over the past week.

Local restauranteurs had been hoping they would get a reprieve from the prohibition with the reopening of Hua Hin to foreign tourists on Nov 1.

However, the reprieve never arrived, nor did it arrive last week when the existing restrictions underwent the routine review by Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Towards the end of October and early November, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, and Hua Hin district, had reported the discovery of several COVID-19 cases which caused the number of new infections to spike.

However, generally speaking, the number of daily new cases in the province has steadily declined over the last ten days.

If the trend continues, restauranteurs will be hoping that they will be given the green light to serve alcohol to customers sooner rather than later.