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

The Thai authorities says bars are closed, and shall be until mid-January, but should you look onerous sufficient you’ll find many are open… and packed.
Over the weekend, the entrance to Bangkok’s infamous Khao San Road was blocked with a Covid-19 checkpoint. To get on the street to get together, people needed to indicate proof of vaccination or test unfavorable for Covid-19.
An ambulance was parked at the entrance and medical employees in personal protecting gear quickly administered rapid antigen checks, sticking swabs up partygoers’ noses earlier than allowing them onto the street. Dozens of individuals have been lined up. (Some folks also discovered another approach to get on the street.)

Before the pandemic, Khao San Road was often recognized as a backpacker’s mecca. The nightlife scene was packed with party hostels and grungy bars with strong drinks and balloons full of laughing gasoline. Now, after greater than a yr and a half without overseas tourists, the bars on the road are focusing on drawing in Thai customers. The nightlife scene is still wild with stiff drinks… and balloons.
Quick , bars and nightclubs are imagined to be closed. Following its general assembly chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday, the CCSA introduced that the reopening of leisure venues might be pushed to January 15.
Alcohol gross sales at eating places are allowed in Bangkok until 9pm underneath an order set by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. Once the clock struck 9 on Saturday, bars on Khao San Road rapidly turned off music and customers from varied bars crowded the street 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 outdoors the empty Mulligan’s bar. What the cameras didn’t catch was the crowds of people round them. As partygoers stood shut collectively on the road, some with drinks in hand, police spoke right into a megaphone, reminding everybody to put on masks and social distance as a outcome of Covid-19 remains 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 reviews that more “restaurants and eateries” in Bangkok shall be allowed to serve alcohol, if they are licensed under “Thai Stop Covid Plus.” Businesses beneath this certification should meet hygienic security necessities and often test employees for Covid-19. The Bangkok Post spoke with the president Khao San Association president saying “most businesses have put in place Covid-19 control measures which would possibly be on par with Thai Covid Plus, even before they have been mandated by the government.”
Some bars on Khao San Road have hand sanitiser and temperature checkpoints, but that doesn’t mean they’re being used. And individuals clearly aren’t social distancing or sporting masks, so in relation to these “Covid-19 control measures,” it’s unclear what precisely meaning.
Khao San Road isn’t the one place the place you’ll be succesful of go out for drinks in Bangkok. Other bars within the city are serving beer and cocktails in paper cups in a not-so-discreet effort to be discreet..

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