Phuket pubs, bars must register to sell alcohol

PHUKET: Pubs, bars and other venues in Phuket currently operating as “restaurants” must now register and obtain a new license in order to legally sell alcohol for consumption on the premises. Once approved, they can sell alcohol until 11 p.m.

The new regulations were announced by Phuket Deputy Governor Pichet Panapong at the Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday (January 25).

The provincial decree implementing the new regulations was signed yesterday by the governor of Phuket, Narong Woonciew.

Under the new ordinance, licensed venues can serve alcohol until 11 p.m., but only if they meet SHA++ and Thai Stop Covid 2 Plus standards and are approved by local health authorities, said the V/Gov Pitcher.

Permit applications will be received by district offices, he added.

Phuket has three officially designated districts: Kathu (including Patong), Thalang and Muang (including Phuket Town, Wichit, Kata, Karon, Chalong and Rawai).

“Commercial establishments such as pubs, bars, karaoke rooms that wish to convert to a restaurant must apply for a permit from the District Disease Control Operations Center,” V/Gov Pichet said.

“The District Disease Control Operations Center will perform standard inspections as required by the Department of Public Health. Then the Phuket Provincial Communicable Disease Committee will approve the restaurant that has passed the standard to start operations,” he explained.

In short, to obtain a permit, sites must respect the measures already in force in Phuket for months.

The venue must comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Public Health to operate as a public service establishment, service personnel must be fully vaccinated and undergo an ATK test every seven days; and all Service Recipients must strictly comply with DMHTTA measures.

The order issued yesterday included a three-page document which is to serve as the official application form for venue operators to apply for the permit (see gallery above).

Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Colonel Akanit Danpitaksan and Phuket Public Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief Kanit Kongthong were present at the Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday for the announcement of the new regulations.

Of note, not mentioned in the official report of the announcement, but included in the order issued by Governor Narong, the standard waiver of claims against the government for regulation and penalties for violations of the order .

“Because this is a case of urgent necessity, if left too late, it will cause damage seriously affecting the public or affecting the public interest, therefore, the parties cannot exercise their right of objection under Article 30(2)(1) of the BE Administrative Practices Act,” the order notes.

“If anyone violates or fails to comply with this order may be [may be guilty of] an offense under Section 51 of Communicable Diseases Act BE 2554 and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding B20,000 or Section 52 [of the act and] shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding 100,000 baht, or both,” the order warned.

Violators may also be punished under Article 18 of the Royal Decree on Public Administration in an Emergency Situation and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine not exceeding not 40,000 baht, or both.

The order was specifically marked to be in effect from January 25 until further notice, although the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced last Thursday (January 20) that the new requirements were to come in effective Monday (January 24).

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