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The governor of the TAT wants the nightlife in Thailand to open again


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Governor Yuthasak Supasorn of Thailand’s tourism authorities, the TAT plans to categorize entertainment venues in Chonburi province, especially Pattaya, as it ranks 11th industry to qualify for the SHA+ qualification (“Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration”).

The TAT wants to promote this tourist metropolis as a “SHA+ City” or pilot zone for the legal reopening of nightlife, which is of enormous importance to the economy of Pattaya.

According to the Pattaya City Council, 80 to 85 per cent of the GDP of the tourist metropolis depends on tourism, especially in the entertainment industry. The recategorization would essentially allow for the legal opening of bars, nightclubs, pubs, karaoke, gogos and similar establishments that the administrative centre for Covid19 containment, the CCSA, has been shutting down nationwide since April 10, 2021, to prevent the spread of Covid19. prevent viruses.

The catering establishments were allowed to temporarily reopen as “restaurants” under certain rules and certifications since mid-December 2021, but this was only intended as a temporary measure. Critics of the current “restaurant” regulations also argue that it confuses customers and is merely corrupt, as well as encouraging law violations.

TAT Governor Yuthasak, therefore, pledged to address Pattaya’s nightlife industry with the CCSA and propose that nightlife be classified as the 11th industry eligible for a SHA+ license. This would allow them to legally reopen after almost a year, Yuthasak said.

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