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The sale of alcohol in Bangkok will be prohibited between 10-20 April in a bid to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  :drink

The announcement was made on Thursday and applies to all licensed establishments both retail and wholesale. Some provinces have an outright ban, while others place restrictions on the sale of alcohol after 6pm.

10 provinces that announced the prohibition of liquor sales are as follows:

1. Sakon Nakhon, 31 March - 16 April

2. Chiang Mai, 10-20 April

3. Rayong 3 - 15 Apr

4. Buriram 2 - 30 April

5. Mukdahan 6 - 30 April

6. Suphan Buri 4 - 30 April

7. Nakhon Pathom 2 - 30 April

8. Lamphun province, 1 - 30 April

9. Chonburi province, from 6pm

10. Surin, 2 - 30 April                                                   

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Summary of Thai provinces banning alcohol sales

Bangkok - 10-20 April, 2020

Buri Ram - 2-30 April, 2020

Chachoengsao - 10-19 April, 2020

Chiang Mai - 10-20 April, 2020

Lamphun - 1-30 April, 2020

Mukdahan - 6-30 April, 2020

Nakhon Pathom - 2-30 April, 2020

Nakhon Ratchasima - 11-18 April, 2020

Phitsanulok - 1 April, 2020, until further notice

Prachuap Khiri Khan - until 30 April, 2020

Rayong - 3-15 April, 2020

Sakon Nakhon - 31 March, 2020 – 16 April, 2020

Samut Songkhram - 1 April, 2020, until further notice

Suphan Buri - 4-30 April, 2020

Surin - 2-30 April, 2020

Ubon Ratchathani - 10-30 April, 2020

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Coronavirus Booze Bans Spread to 19 Provinces
Meanwhile, Nakhon Ratchasima residents are buying alcohol by the crate after Governor Wichian Chantaranothai announced an eight-day alcohol ban starting Saturday to April 18, with a stated aim of deterring people from imbibing during Songkran. khaosodenglish.com

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Alcohol sales banned in entire country

All 77 provinces have banned sales of alcoholic beverages and ordered the closure of shops or venues selling those beverages, as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Twenty-seven provinces have ordered the ban until April 30, and two provinces have banned until further notice, the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration(CCSA) said on Sunday (April 12).

The ban comes as Thailand has cancelled celebration of the Songkran water festival, Thailand's new year which usually starts on April 13. Authorities are worried that people will gather and drink to celebrate the event, leading to a spike in new virus cases which is currently on a declining trend.

The ban period varies in different provinces while in Bangkok it is from April 10-20.

Details as follows:

▪︎Rayong, Ranong, Krabi and Bueng Kan ban valid until April 15.

▪︎Sakon Nakhon, Yala, Phichit, Lopburi, Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son until April 16.

▪︎Amnat Charoen, Uttaradit, Kalasin, Yasothon, Surat Thani and Khon Kaen until April 17.

▪︎ Phetchabun and Nakhon Ratchasima until April 18.

▪︎Nan, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok, Pathum Thani, Trat, Ratchaburi, Songkhla and Satun until April 19.

▪︎Samut Sakhon, Kamphaeng Phet, Chiang Mai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Phrae, Chaiyaphum, Samut Prakan, Ang Thong, Lampang, Sukhothai, Uthai Thani, Nonthaburi, Tak, Phayao, Narathiwat, Nong Khai, Nakhon Sawan, Sing Buri and Maha Sarakham until April 20.

▪︎Pattani until April 22.

▪︎Lamphun, Buri Ram, Surin, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Songkhram, Roi Et, Chai Nat, Suphanburi, Mukdahan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ubon Ratchathani, Kanchanaburi, Prachin Buri, Trang, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Si Sa Ket, Chumphon, Saraburi, Sa Kaeo, Phetchaburi, Phanom, Phang Nga, Phatthalung, Loei and Nakhon Si Thammarat until April 30.

▪︎Phitsanulok and Phuket have no due date.

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Beer May Lose Its Fizz as CO2 Supplies Go Flat During Pandemic

Dwindling supplies of carbon dioxide from ethanol plants are sparking concern about shortages of beer, soda and seltzer water - essentials for many quarantined Americans.

Brewers and soft-drink makers use carbon dioxide, or CO2, for carbonation, which gives beer and soda fizz. Ethanol producers are a key provider of CO2 to the food industry, as they capture that gas as a byproduct of ethanol production and sell it in large quantities.

But ethanol, which is blended into the nation's gasoline supply, has seen production fall sharply due to the drop in gasoline demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gasoline demand is down by more than 30% in the United States.

The lack of ethanol output is disrupting this highly specialized corner of the food industry, as 34 of the 45 U.S. ethanol plants that sell CO2 have idled or cut production, said Renewable Fuels Association Chief Executive Geoff Cooper.

CO2 suppliers to beer brewers have increased prices by about 25% due to reduced supply, said Bob Pease, chief executive officer of the Brewers Association. The trade group represents small and independent U.S. craft brewers, who get about 45% of their CO2 from ethanol producers.

"The problem is accelerating. Every day we're hearing from more of our members about this," said Pease, who expects some brewers to start cutting production in two to three weeks.

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Ban on booze sales and entertainment venues extended until April 30

The ban on alcohol sales in Bangkok has been extended for another 10 days after the daily count of Covid-19 cases levelled out at around the 30 mark last week.

Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced on Monday (April 20) that the infectious disease control committee has approved an extension of the booze ban up until April 30. Entertainment venues were also ordered to stay shut until the end of the month to prevent the risk of Covid-19 spreading.

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Booze industry urges govt to lift prohibition

Alcohol-industry organisations have asked the prime minister to lift the ban on selling alcohol, imposed as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. The request came in a proposal from seven organisations – led by the Thai Fruit Wine and Local Spirit Producer Association, Thailand Bartender Association, and Thai Wine Association – to ease alcohol-related restrictions.

The alcohol associations asked the government not to prolong the prohibition on sales beyond April 30, and allow beer and liquor to be sold via take-away and delivery services.

They also asked the government to ease the tax burden and help manage the destruction of spoiled liquor amid the Covid-19 crisis, when entertainment venues have been closed.

Meanwhile the associations want the government to lift the ban on the wholesale trade of alcohol, which they said is preventing producers from transporting their products to retailers where stocks can be safely stored in refrigerated conditions.

They also asked authorities to inform them in advance before announcing future alcohol-related orders.

The Excise Department has collected Bt132.236 billion in tax on alcohol so far this year, including Bt70.090 billion from beer and Bt62.146 billion from liquor.

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 :drink      Booze sale 'grace period' on the cards       :drink

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Tuesday suggested that the alcohol sales ban be renewed starting from May 3.

The current ban expires on April 30, meaning there would be a "grace period" of two days from May 1-2 before the ban restarts on May 3, if the suggestion is accepted.

The ban in many provinces is scheduled to end tomorrow. The ban, initially imposed before Songkran and extended on April 20, was intended to keep people from gathering for drinks in line with the emergency decree.

After the grace period comes to an end, the ban would be extended according to the orders of the governors of the individual provinces nationwide, a CCSA source said.

There are fears many people will meet for drinks and disregard social distancing during the two days, the source said.

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Locked in under lockdown: "we can't complain", say pals stuck in pub - well these won't be worrying about an alcohol ban

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Lifting booze ban could fuel contagion: Taweesin

The government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) explained on Thursday (April 30) that the ban on selling alcohol had been extended to prevent social gatherings that might lead to a rise in coronavirus infections.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the ban would remain in place until May 31 for the benefit of all people.

He announced that other restrictions will be eased from Sunday (May 3), which would allow markets, shops, public parks, sports and salons to reopen under strict public health measures.

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 :drink      Booze sales back from Sunday       :drink

Restaurants still not allowed to sell alcohol as a condition for being allowed to reopen

Sales of alcoholic beverages will be allowed again from Sunday but people will not be allowed to drink in restaurants when they reopen, the government said on Friday.

The announcement was published on Friday in the Royal Gazette as part of the easing of some of the stringent measures imposed in the battle against the coronavirus.

The decision represents an about-face by the government, which said earlier this week that the alcohol ban would remain in effect until May 31 after it renewed the emergency decree for another month.

"Shops selling alcoholic beverages are allowed to open but consumption at the shop is banned," said the Royal Gazette notice signed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. It will take effect on Sunday.

Restaurants will not be allowed to serve alcohol as part of the condition for their reopening from Sunday. Pubs and other entertainment venues where alcohol is served will remain closed.

The ban on alcoholic beverage sales was enforced for most of April across the country, with some provincial governors imposing curbs earlier than others. In Bangkok, it started from April 10.

The ban was aimed at curbing social gatherings, which increase the risk of coronavirus transmission.  Gatherings in pubs and other venues where alcohol was consumed were linked to dozens of Covid-19 cases when the virus first started to spread in Thailand.

Further details of the lifting of the ban will be released on Saturday by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), according to Somsak Rungsita, secretary-general of the National Security Council.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Johnnie F.

...and I thought I'd reason soon to open my last bottles of supreme grade wine (a 1986 berry selection) :-[



                                                       :drink  1986 berry selection   :drink
mmmm sounds tasty - nam-ly-ly - save it for a rainy day - you'll always have something to look forward to - oh! it's just started raining  :lol
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Johnnie F.

Quote from: thaiga on May 02, 2020, 01:13:12 PM
it's just started raining

I wish it would and washed down the dust! We filled up more soil in our garden in the last days, so it's all a lot dustier now than usual. And that new soil ist also very thirsty!


Yes i hope we have some rain or it will be the third year with no rice crops  :-[  thank god for the 15,000 bht or should i say thank the government. downpours from summerstorms the last 3 days were short n sweet.

no rain just another problem to add to the list. with all that din gusty winds you can do without.

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours is as follows:

Northern region: Hot, with thundershowers and gusty winds in 40 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 23-26 degrees and highs of 32-37 degrees Celsius.

Northeastern region: Hot, with thundershowers in 30 per cent of the areas, temperature lows of 24-28 degrees and highs of 32-39 degrees Celsius.
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Makro Bkk - social distancing at it's best :-[
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Tipple down effect   nationthailand.com
Swarms of buyers thronged shopping malls on Sunday (May 3) to buy alcoholic drinks after weeks of denial.
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you could be right jivvy as the m&p shops here were o a h

i just know you know what i mean ;)

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The thai media Daily News reports four provinces had not lifted the alcohol ban on Sunday. These were Phitsanulok, Pathum Thani, Petchaburi and Buriram in the north east of Thailand. 

makro staff couldn't get the stocks out quick enough - you would think they were giving it away  :drink clip thanks to 77kaoded.com

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Security officials kept a close eye on shoppers who swarmed to Makro
Security officials kept a close eye on shoppers who swarmed to Makro wholesale centre to pick up alcohol to ensure they followed social distancing and other regulations put in place to control the spread of Covid-19.  nationthailand.com

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690 curfew breakers spur booze ban threat

A sudden rise in the number of people breaking the curfew to drink alcohol between Sunday night and early Monday morning has prompted a warning that the government may have to reinstate the sales ban.

A total of 690 people defied the curfew, representing a 60% rise on the previous night when the alcohol sales ban was still in effect.

The ban was lifted in most provinces including Bangkok on Sunday, which marked the first of a 14-day trial period for resuming alcohol sales.

Of the 690 curfew violators, 129 were also involved in social drinking gatherings prohibited under the emergency decree, said the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin,

The other types of misconduct associated with curfew violation were gambling and illicit drug use, he said.

"The country won't be able to succeed in [containing Covid-19] without cooperation from everyone.

"Only when it is certain the country is totally free of the virus will we be able to live a normal life again," he said.

"The 14-day trial will be crucial. It will give the government a clear idea whether other Covid-19 restrictions should be eased, or whether we go back to square one.

"All statistics are being compiled for evaluation. If new infections remain low during the easing of the restrictions, we will move on to the next phase," said Dr Taweesilp said.

"But if infections flare up, the easing will be reviewed and possibly stopped.

"What we have achieved in the past month is meaningful and what we do in the next 14 days will be even more important," the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, Siriphon Detsing, deputy chief executive officer of Siam Makro Plc, said sales of alcoholic beverages at Makro branches continued to rise on Monday.

Those living in the provinces where an alcohol sales ban persists had travelled to nearby provinces to buy the alcohol, she noted.

In Ubon Ratchathani, governor Sarit Withun warned residents to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 containment practices as the lockdown in the province has been relaxed.

However, if lifting the alcohol sales ban pushes up infections, he warned he would ask the government to suspend sales again.

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i see india has put 70% tax on alcohol prices to slow down sales

Stores threatened with closure after stampede to buy booze
Stores that fail to enforce disease control measures will be closed, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam warned on Tuesday after people crowded into shops to buy alcoholic drinks following the lifting of the ban in most provinces.

"Warnings will be issued first... We know it. All people have been told to take care of themselves. Department stores must be careful too, because it is dangerous to both customers and sales staff," he said.

If shops selling alcoholic beverages failed to properly control the behaviour of customers, they could be  closed.

Provincial governors, as heads of provincial disease control committees, had the power to close specific shops right away, Mr Wissanu said.

Stores ordered closed would then have to seek approval from the government to reopen, because the decision could have a greater impact than provincial authorities expect, he said.

If the situation regarding alcohol sales escalated, all shops trading in it would be closed, Mr Wissanu said.

Some restaurants in Bangkok that failed to comply with disease control measures had already been closed after being allowed to reopen under strict conditions.

The ban on takeaway sales of alcoholic drinks was lifted in most provinces on Sunday. All stores were required to strictly observe disease control measures, including social distancing and limiting the number of customers allowed inside at one time.

Social media and mainstream news carried videos of people crowding into stores to stock up, fearing the government would make an about turn and again prohibit all sales. There were reports that in some stores staff restocking the sales floor were struggling to keep up with the demand for cartons of liquor and beer.

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there is a national ban on the sale of alcohol in Thailand for 24 hours on Wednesday 6th May 2020.
This is due to a religious holiday Visakha Bucha Day
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Tesco Lotus sets new procedure for alcoholic beverages sales amid Covid-19 risk
Tesco Lotus has reorganised sales of alcoholic beverages at every branch nationwide to lessen the risk of Covid-19 infection.

Beverage shelves at the stores have been reorganised after customers were found tugging to buy the drinks a few days ago.

There will be only one access and one exit for the beverage shelves alley.

Five customers are allowed to enter the alley at one time and they have to be at least one metre away from one another.

Tecos Lotus has also ordered over 2,000 branches to sanitise the shelves while customers have to clean their hands with alcohol sanitiser.

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A Ukrainian and two Russian nationals having a dip in the sea, on a very hot day, face charge of violating emergency decree on first day of beach closures. they ignored a warning, so the police were called. well theres a story they can tell when they get back home. 
pics @ Siam Chon News
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Call to up curfew patrols

A rise in alcohol-fuelled parties and blatant defiance of the curfew order has prompted a meeting of defence and police chiefs who say they have "lost patience with wrongdoers who challenge laws and fail to abide by compulsory health guidelines".

The meeting was told law violations, including hosting and attending booze-fuelled gatherings, have increased by 21% over the past seven days following a gradual easing of the lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus spread.

Defence Forces chief Gen Pornpipat Benyasri called a meeting with three armed forces leaders on measures to reinforce patrols during the six-hour curfew from 10pm to 4am.

Many people were not staying home during the period, saying they had errands to run or were visiting friends but "are these claims excuses?" assistant national police chief and spokesman Piya Uthayo asked yesterday during the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration's daily press briefing at Government House on the country's Covid-19 infections.

The 21% increase -- 956 cases -- brought the total number of offences to 5,363 from May 3 to 10, compared with 4,407 during the week before May 3 when the partial lockdown lift started, Pol Lt Gen Piya said.

Pol Lt Gen Piya said officers tried to avoid taking harsh legal action against them and gave warnings instead.

"But we're losing patience because after the first and second warnings, as we still find them illegally gathering and drinking," Pol Lt Gen Piya said. "They drink and cause noise. We've received many calls over their behaviour."

Gen Pornpipat and national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda said officers have already given warnings. "It's time to get tough," Pol Lt Gen Piya said.

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Thailand to ban online alcohol sales to curb underage drinking
(Reuters) - Thailand said on Thursday it would prohibit online sales of alcohol in a clampdown on underage drinking after a rise in sales during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Southeast Asian country scrapped a three-week ban on the sale of alcohol in shops in May when it lifted other restrictions following progress in containing the coronavirus.

The legal drinking age is 20 and the sale of alcohol is prohibited in certain areas like schools and parks. Thailand already limits the hours that stores can sell alcohol.

"Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the sale of beverages online has increased and there were promotions that did not regulate age and location, making it difficult to enforce existing laws," Deputy Minister of Public Health Satit Pitutacha said in a statement.

The new regulations would come into effect this year and carry a maximum fine of 10,000 baht ($320) and up to six months in prison.

Several grocery retailers in Thailand offer alcoholic products online.

"A more logical decision would be to enforce checking of age," Jerome Le Louer, owner of Wishbeer, an online store for craft beer, wines and spirits.

"We check the ID of our customers when we deliver," he said, adding that retailers could do similar checks online and that cooperation between regulators and businesses would be more effective than prohibition.


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The Department of Disease Control in Thailand confirmed in a post on social media this morning that there is a 48 hour ban on the sales of all alcohol this weekend and the official dates will be July 5th and 6th, 2020.


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