Bars and pubs to open in Thailand

Thailand will open massage parlors with water treatments, bars, karaoke bars and pubs in the fifth stage of easing restrictive measures due to the coronavirus, with the condition of criminal liability in the case of the spread of COVID-19, said Thavisin Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the government center for combating coronavirus, at a press briefing in Bangkok on Monday.

“Since July 1, with the beginning of the fifth stage of easing restrictive measures, it is allowed to open licensed massage parlors with water treatments, bars, karaoke bars, and pubs,” he told reporters.

“The government warns operators of bars, karaoke bars, and pubs about the responsibility for strict compliance with the country’s rules of epidemiological safety, including social distancing and masking, as well as the availability of disinfectants, and about criminal liability in case of spread of COVID-19 coronavirus infection at these facilities,” the spokesman continued. He added that the decision of the center for the fight against coronavirus infection would require all drinking establishments to close no later than 00.00 hours until further notice.

Visanuyothin also confirmed previously published information that from July 1, all secondary schools in the country, both private and public, will open, which in recent months have only been working online. The school year in Thailand usually begins in May-June, after a long vacation in April-May.

The spokesman told reporters that at a meeting on Monday, the Center approved the extension of the state of emergency imposed in Thailand on March 26 due to the coronavirus pandemic, for another month, until July 31.