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Phuket bans the sale of alcohol in restaurants again


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Phuket bans the sale of alcohol in restaurants again

The ban on selling and consuming alcohol in restaurants has been reinstated in Phuket and will last until at least August 16. Certain “social activities”, such as parties in public places, are now also banned for the next two weeks. The order announced yesterday by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew could be extended if the Covid-19 situation does not improve.

Phuket has been reclassified on the government’s colour-coded zone scale based on the Covid-19 situations in the province. The island province switched from a monitored “yellow” zone to a controlled “orange” zone to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration zone review came into effect today. Before the review, Phuket was the only “yellow” zone.

Yesterday, 382 people were hospitalized in Phuket due to the coronavirus. There are a total of 209,039 active cases of Covid-19 across the country.

Last week, infections in Phuket crossed the government-set threshold of 90 weekly Covid-19 cases. Officials previously said that if the cases exceeded the bar, they would reconsider the “Phuket Sandbox” reopening plan, which would allow foreign travellers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the island province without quarantine.

The “sandbox plan” still applies, but provincial authorities have imposed tough measures, including banning alcohol in restaurants and limiting travel between provinces, to contain the virus.

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