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NSC to Reconsider Reopening of Bars, Clubs

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The National Security Council next week will discuss relaxing coronavirus curbs on entertainment venues, bars, pubs, and karaoke clubs.

National Security Council chief Gen. Supoj Malaniyom said Friday further assessment is required before entertainment venues can be allowed to open.

He said the government was concerned for the businesses and the prime minister had been calling for the plight of all groups of businesses to be addressed.

Following the talks, Prayut will decide whether to relent on the Jan. 16 reopening date, Supoj said.

The outcry over the perceived postponement for the reopening of bars and clubs from Dec. 1 to mid-January is growing daily, with groups, business leaders and politicians across the country joining to demand reopening and the resumption of alcohol sales.

Supoj said that, although entrepreneurs representing the group had asserted they were ready to adhere to Covid-19 prevention measures, the group was told that the situation did not favor a reopening of the venues on Dec. 1.

The plans and proposals submitted by the representatives will be presented to the prime minister.

The NSC secretary-general said the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration will be evaluating the situation once more next week and will present its findings to the prime minister for consideration before Dec. 1.

Supoj added that the number of countries and territories whose nationals will be allowed to enter Thailand without quarantine will be re-evaluated on December 1, but a full lifting of restrictions in all provinces was not yet at hand.