Tourism cities welcome easing of Covid measures forward of New Year celebrations

Officials in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya have all welcomed the CCSA’s choice to ease some Covid-19 restrictions to allow for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Alcohol can now be offered till 1am on New Year’s Eve, aside from Phuket, the place alcohol sales can continue from 11pm to 6am on December 31. According to a Bangkok Post report, Thanusak Pheungdet, from the Phuket Chamber of Commerce says the order was issued following a drop in Covid-19 cases and a rise in vaccination numbers.
Meanwhile, in Chiang Mai, the districts of Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Doi Tao, and Chom Thong are permitted to serve alcohol till 1am. Over 500 eating places have been accredited as Covid-Free Settings after assembly the government’s standards, that means they will serve alcohol. A additional 500 eateries have applied for the certification and hope to realize it in time for the end-of-year festivities.
In Bangkok, Sa-nga Ruangwatthanakul, whose affiliation represents Khao San Road companies, says operators are actually expecting round 10,000 people, which is double the numbers seen on a traditional busy night time.
Across all main tourist destinations, businesses and tourism operators have welcomed the CCSA’s choice. In Pattaya, where plans are underway for New Year celebrations between December 29 and 31 at Bali Hai Pier, Wasan Sanguanthoikham, proprietor of a nightlife venue, says the decision will mean companies can finally make some money.
“The CCSA has made us smile again. This will bring in income after a lengthy time of being hit by Covid-19.”

Sanan Angubolkul from the Thai Chamber of Commerce agrees.
“This CCSA announcement has not solely introduced confidence to people desperate to have fun the festival but for enterprise operators as properly, especially given how the Covid-19 scenario is bettering in the nation.”

Feast says the federal government should proceed to ramp up vaccination in all provinces to ensure Thailand can deal with the arrival of the highly-contagious Omicron variant.
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