11 July 2024

Ninety-three people were detained for police questioning and charged on Monday for allegedly selling and/or drinking alcohol at a restaurant and bar in Bangkok, in violation of the COVID-19 restrictions.

Police said the restaurant, located in a shopping mall near the Ratchaprasong Intersection, had been warned before about illegal sales of alcohol.

On Monday, at around 10pm, the bar was found to be open beyond curfew and to be selling alcoholic drinks illegally to over 30 tables of customers. The police detained all the drinkers, as well as the bar manager, for questioning and charged them for violating the Emergency Decree and the Communicable Diseases act.

Thailand currently bans the sale of alcohol in bars and entertainment venues in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19.