Alcohol Sales in Bangkok Officially Extended Until 11pm

On Monday, Bangkok’s governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced that eateries meeting disease control standards could start serving alcohol until 11:00 p.m. from Wednesday.

The current booze ban prohibits alcohol selling after 09:00 p.m. But the new order, effective from December 1 to 31, allows them to serve alcoholic beverages for two more hours, until 11:00 p.m.

Governor Aswin issued the latest order on the business premises’ closure and reopening yesterday, authorizing bar owners to convert their venues into restaurants if they want to resume operations.

Under the ruling, Bangkok restaurants must meet the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration (SHA) standard from the Tourism and Sports Ministry and the Thai Stop Covid Plus standard from the Health Department in order to serve alcoholic beverages from December 1.

Pol Gen Aswin explained that the government had decided to keep pubs, bars and karaoke shops closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

However, operators who want to reopen such venues before they are officially authorized to do so can convert their facilities into food-serving spaces.

Authorities will allow bars, pubs and karaoke shops to reopen as restaurants if they meet disease control standards, Bangkok’s governor clarified.

Operators of such nighttime businesses can make modifications and improvements to comply with the Covid Free Setting standards determined by the Health Department and wait for health authorities’ evaluation.

Pol Gen Aswin said the venues could reopen after New Year if they passed the assessment and the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved their reopening.