Thailand reopens pubs, bars, karaoke, soapy massages on July 1

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Nightlife entertainment will have to cooperate with ‘new normal’ health precautionary measures that each venue will put in place for the safety of both customers and workers.
Nightlife entertainment will have to cooperate with ‘new normal’ health precautionary measures that each venue will put in place for the safety of both customers and workers.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration plans to permit the reopening of pubs, bars, karaoke shops and soapy massage parlors on July 1.



CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said a working group of the center finished its draft for the resumption of five categories of business and activities. It covers schools, malls, service parlors, game and internet shops and soapy massage parlors. CCSA would consider the draft and the resumption was expected on July 1.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration spokesman, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin.
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration spokesman, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin.

He said all business and activities to resume would have to use the Thaichana application to record customers to ensure traceability. Staff who are ill must report to concerned officials for disease investigation. Online reservations will be applied to help control diseases.


Pubs, bars, karaoke shops and entertainment venues will be allowed to open daily until midnight. Customers must be at least one meter apart. The numbers of customers will be limited to ensure each will have four square meters of space.

Customers will be prohibited from mingling, dancing far from their tables or seats or sharing containers. Their groups will be limited at five people each. Tables will be two meters apart or be separated with 1.5-meter-high partitions. Sales campaigns will be banned. Operators must keep CCTV footage for at least one month to support disease probes.

At soapy massage parlors, people must wear face masks and be one meter apart except during bathing. Everyone must use the Thaichana app for check-ins and checkouts. Staff will be tested for COVID-19 at times. (TNA)