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Drinking outside allowed during New Year countdown

Consumption of alcoholic drinks will be allowed in restaurants throughout the country during the New Year’s Eve countdown, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration decided on Monday.

Spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the CCSA meeting on Monday, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, passed a resolution to this effect.

Under the resolution, eateries in all 77 provinces – be they the 39 provinces in the control zones (orange), 30 in the high surveillance zones (yellow) or eight in the tourism pilot zones (blue) –  will be allowed to serve alcoholic drinks to customers during the New Year countdown on Dec 31, until 1am on Jan 1.

The conditions are:

– Only open-air restaurants with good ventilation.

– Restaurant management, staff and customers must strictly follow the Covid Free Setting measures imposed by the CCSA.

– Customers must be fully vaccinated and be able to produce a negative RT-PCR test result. 

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