Restaurants in Hua Hin still prohibited from serving alcohol

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From Monday, restaurants and eateries in some provinces will be allowed to serve alcohol to customers – but not in Hua Hin.

On Friday (Oct 29), Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced that alcohol was back on the menu at restaurants in Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and Phang Nga, as part of the country’s plans to reopen to foreign tourists.

However, the ban on alcohol remains in place in all other provinces in Thailand, including in Prachuap Khiri Khan, and also in the other tourism provinces included in the reopening.

The continued ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants in Hua Hin remains despite Prachuap Khiri Khan consistently recording fewer COVID-19 cases than in Bangkok, the epicentre of the so-called third wave of infections in Thailand.

Earlier this week, leaders from Thailand’s entertainment sector called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to allow entertainment venues such as pubs, bars and karaokes nationwide to be allowed to fully reopen – and serve alcohol – by December 1.

Meanwhile, alcohol is not the only thing that remains off limits in Hua Hin during the reopening of the country.

On Wednesday, the provincial governor announced that the majority of schools throughout the province will remain closed for onsite learning following the start of the new school semester on November 1.

Students will be required to study online until at least November 15, when the decision to close schools will be reviewed.