Bars and pubs in Hua Hin could reopen by Dec 16

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Bars and pubs in Hua Hin and other entertainment venues may be able to reopen on Dec 16, under a new proposal being drafted by the Ministry of Public Health.

The proposal, which would need to be approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), would see night time entertainment be allowed to reopen in the 17 ‘Blue Zone’ areas, which includes Hua Hin and Nong Khae in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

Under the proposals, anyone entering an entertainment venue would need to show proof vaccination or a negative test result from an antigen test.

Social distancing, screening and other preventative measures would also need to be in place.

Promotional campaigns would be banned, as would dancing, while karaoke would also not be permitted.

It is also expected that venues would need to have been approved with the SHA safety certification, or equivalent.

Customer facing staff would also need to have been vaccinated.

Earlier this week, Dr Wara Selawattanakul, Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Public Health Doctor said a decision was yet to be made on whether restaurants would be granted permission to start serving alcohol.

Dr Wara sighted the ongoing COVID-19 situation in the province as a possible reason why alcohol may remain off the menu.

However, the latest proposals come directly from the Ministry of Public and would apply across the 17 designated tourism areas. The proposals would see bars and pubs allowed to open one month earlier than planned.

Any proposals regarding alcohol or indeed any changes to the restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 need to be formally approved by the CCSA.