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Entertainment Venues, Bars & Erotic Massage To Remain Closed

Bars, Entertainment venues, karaoke bars, nightclubs, erotic or soapy massage will not be allowed to reopen in the next phase of reopenings


From Monday 15 June, there will be no night curfew, but strict controls under the emergency decree will continue to be enforced especially on entry into Thailand because Covid-19 is still present in other countries, a senior government spokesman announced on Friday.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the curfew would be lifted on June 15 to allow local (Thai) people to travel, because there had been no cases of local coronavirus infection for some time now.
However, the emergency decree remains in effect and the government would maintain controls on all entry by land, water and air because all new Covid-19 patients were people returning from other countries, he said.



Bars, pubs, karaoke bars, erotic or 'soapy' massage parlours & entertainment venues will not be allowed to reopen in the next phase of reopenings.

The phase 4 reopening measure will not include those establishments because they are considered “high-risk” of spreading the coronavirus, according to Taweeslip Visanuyothin, spokesman for the government’s COVID-19 crisis center.

“We have already seen in Thailand that pubs, bars, and karaoke bars are risky areas,” Visanuyothin said.

“Restaurants can fully open and serve alcohol since people don’t spend as much time there, only during mealtimes.”

However, sales people promoting the sale of alcohol will not be allowed.

“Cheer beer waitresses are not allowed. They promote people to stay and drink"

"Drink and then go home!” he said. 


Above; 'Cheer Beer ' waitresses (Beer Chang)

The CCSA had also agreed on other aspects of the fourth stage of relaxation of restrictions on business and other activities.

The complete summary effective Monday 15 June 2020 as follows;


Alcoholic beverages can be served at restaurants, food centres and hotels, but pubs, bars, karaoke shops and entertainment venues will remain closed.

Parlours offering Thai massage and saunas can reopen, with only a limited number of customers allowed to use facilities at the same time.

Soapy & Erotic massage parlours will remain closed.

Panpimol Wipulakorn, director-general of the Department of Health, said that pubs and restaurants that have registered as eateries can reopen in the fourth stage of relaxation, while venues that will be allowed to serve alcohol on their premises must also have liquor sale licences.

Eateries which have licences to play live music can also reopen, but places that have registered as night entertainment venues will remain closed, Dr Panpimol said.

"Eateries will still have to comply with disease-control measures, especially mask-wearing, providing hand sanitisers, regular cleaning, physical distancing, and limiting the number of visitors, as well as using the Thai Chana app for check-ins and check-outs," she said.


Dr Taweesilp said domestic airlines can sell all seats on a flight, because planes have good ventilation systems and flights are short, about one hour.however airline passengers must continue to wear masks.

occupancy rates on buses would be limited to 70% of seats, because bus trips are longer and their ventilation systems are poor, he said.


Water parks, playgrounds and amusement parks can reopen, except for ball pits and inflatable playgrounds, which are difficult to disinfect. Sports can resume, but without spectators. Game arcades in malls can reopen.


Meetings and seminars, exhibition, convention and event halls can also resume activities, along with theatres, but social distancing must be observed.


International, cram and informal schools, as well as small formal schools with no more than 120 students each will reopen. If there are larger numbers of students, they will have to submit management plans, according to a source.

Officials would announce detailed measures of the relaxation this weekend before it takes effect on Monday 15 June. All businesses and activities that resume must be subject to disease-control measures, Dr Taweesilp said.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that when the fourth stage of relaxation takes effect from Monday, he hoped that it will reinvigorate the economy and more people will go back to work.

"I have sympathy for people on low incomes. I believe they will earn more money after the lockdown easing on June 15. The government cannot afford to find money to look after people forever," the prime minister said.

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Monday 15 June 2020 will mark 21 days without any new domestic cases of COVID-19.

Thailand COVID-19  

Population : 69.5 million
Confirmed : 3,134
Recovered : 2,987
Deaths :  58
Lockdown Related
Suicides : 28

Menzzoo Magazine is supporting a fundraiser based in Koh Samui offering aid for those who have been affected by the pandemic and the ensuing emergency decree, please view the details below ...


Above:; Masseuses Pattaya.


The Pandemic and the ensuing Emergency Decree in Thailand have caused immeasurable economic impact across the country. Probably no sectors have been harder hit than hospitality, entertainment and nightlife.

Koh Samui a small Island in the Gulf of Thailand is no exception, in fact 90 percent of Koh Samui's economy depends on tourism.

Due to the devastating impact of the lockdown many businesses are now permanently closed, which has left many locals, inter-provincial and migrant workers who rely heavily on the tourist trade to make a living, struggling to feed themselves and their families. 

Our humanitarian goal during this unprecedented period is to help as many people as possible without a job, by delivering food parcels until they can start once again to support themselves.

For people desperately needing to get home to their provinces or are just seeking more prosporous pastures, we will offer them a bus ticket. 

We understand that many of you back in your home country are at a loss struggling with the pandemic, but if you can, we ask you to dig deep for this worthy cause. 

Thank you



The Transport Co., Ltd. has announced the resumption of interprovincial bus services on the Southern routes on June 9, following the government’s relaxations for public transport to travel across provinces during the night-time curfew hours (23.00 – 03.00 Hrs.) 

The resumption of bus services to the South will be on the following routes (from Mo Chit 2 bus terminal): Bangkok-Ko Samui; Bangkok-Phuket; Bangkok-Dan Nok; Bangkok-Satun; Bangkok-Krabi; Bangkok-Chumphon; Bangkok-Lang Suan, and Bangkok-Three Pagodas Pass. 


Above; Soi Cowboy, Bangkok post-pandemic.

This is the final entry of this issue of MENZZOO MAGAZINE, you can keep upto date with the story 'THAILAND AMID THE PANDEMIC' with our updates page.

Contributing sources :

The Thai Examiner, The Bangkok Post, The Nation Thailand, The Andaman Post, COCONUTS TV, The Royal Thai Gazette, Asean News, Pattaya One, Pattaya online, Thai, The Immigration Buraeu Thailand

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