UPDATE: Prime Minister Payut Chan-o-cha Monday afternoon is reported to have overruled Bangkok’s order below. instead of 7 p.m., dine-in service must be suspended at 9 p.m. We’ll have more details as they become available.
Bangkok restaurants must close their dining rooms from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. and offer takeout and delivery service only starting Tuesday under an order from city hall.
In a bid to force people to stay home, stop mingling and reduce spread of the coronavirus, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration did what the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration refused to do: Ban dine-in service.
Spokesman Pongsakorn Kwanmuang said the order also applies to street-food carts and eating spots.
While restaurants can open for breakfast and lunch, alcohol sales are prohibited.
The Thai Restaurant Association had objected vigorously to calls for a suspension of dine-in service, saying the move would cost the industry 100 billion baht and penalizes restaurants for a problem sparked by illegal casinos and “entertainment venues”, although the source of new outbreaks have not been tied to entertainment.
The measures, however, did not require restaurants to close or go takeout-only, however. The CCSA instead gave provincial governors more power and flexibility to decide their own coronavirus-cntrol measures.