Bars are closed in Bangkok… however not on Khao San Road

Snap says bars are closed, and will be till mid-January, but when you look exhausting enough you’ll discover many are open… and packed.
Over the weekend, the doorway to Bangkok’s infamous Khao San Road was blocked with a Covid-19 checkpoint. To get on the street to get together, individuals needed to indicate proof of vaccination or take a look at negative for Covid-19.
An ambulance was parked on the entrance and medical workers in personal protective gear shortly administered speedy antigen tests, sticking swabs up partygoers’ noses earlier than allowing them onto the road. Dozens of people have been lined up. (Some people additionally discovered one other approach to get on the street.)

Before the pandemic, Khao San Road was known as a backpacker’s mecca. The nightlife scene was full of get together hostels and grungy bars with sturdy drinks and balloons filled with laughing gasoline. Now, after more than a year and a half without foreign tourists, the bars on the road are specializing in drawing in Thai customers. The nightlife scene remains to be wild with stiff drinks… and balloons.
Nationwide, bars and nightclubs are supposed to be closed. Following its general meeting chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday, the CCSA announced that the reopening of leisure venues might be pushed to January 15.
Alcohol gross sales at eating places are allowed in Bangkok until 9pm beneath an order set by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. Once the clock struck nine on Saturday, bars on Khao San Road shortly turned off music and clients from various bars crowded the road as police drove their pickup vehicles down Khao San to do a “check” and do a photoshoot.
Around 20 to 30 officers lined up for a photoshoot exterior the empty Mulligan’s bar. What the cameras didn’t catch was the crowds of people around them. As partygoers stood close together on the street, some with drinks in hand, police spoke into a megaphone, reminding everybody to wear masks and social distance because Covid-19 continues to be spreading in Thailand. After the warning, bars turned the music back on and bartenders went again to pouring drinks… a lot of drinks.
The Bangkok Post reports that extra “restaurants and eateries” in Bangkok might be allowed to serve alcohol, if they are certified underneath “Thai Stop Covid Plus.” Businesses under this certification must meet hygienic safety necessities and frequently check workers for Covid-19. The Bangkok Post spoke with the president Khao San Association president saying “most companies have put in place Covid-19 management measures which might be on par with Thai Covid Plus, even earlier than they were mandated by the federal government.”
Some bars on Khao San Road have hand sanitiser and temperature checkpoints, however that doesn’t imply they’re being used. And folks clearly aren’t social distancing or sporting masks, so in relation to these “Covid-19 management measures,” it’s unclear what exactly that means.
Khao San Road isn’t the one place where you’ll be ready to exit for drinks in Bangkok. Other bars within the metropolis are serving beer and cocktails in paper cups in a not-so-discreet effort to be discreet..

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