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Prayut Vows to Yank Licenses of ‘Restaurants’ Breaking Hours, Disease Rules

Pattaya police raid a karaoke club opened on the second floor of the closed Bone Club.
Pattaya police raid a karaoke club opened on the second floor of the closed Bone Club.

With alcohol sales again allowed until 11 p.m. in restaurants, both real and fake, the government promised to crack down on venues breaking disease-control rules.

Before leaving for Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha vowed that restaurants, and bars masquerading as them, will have their licenses yanked if they sell booze outside legal hours.

Only restaurants in eight tourism-pilot provinces and 25 “close surveillance provinces” can sell alcohol.

“The prime minister stressed that Covid-Free Setting measures must be imposed strictly,” Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said Tuesday. “Operators must comply with public health measures. Police, soldiers and administrators must take action and seize the licenses of the premises that miss the deadline or secretly sell alcohol later than the deadline. Any lenient officials will be disciplined.”