Thailand appears to be loosening a slew of regulations recently. Thailand’s CCSA stated yesterday that, beginning July 1, it will relax its infamous alcohol sales prohibition from 2 to 5 p.m., at least in hotels. Restaurants and tourist attractions may offer alcohol during this time, according to Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, at the discretion of province governors.

The daily booze prohibition between 2 and 5 p.m. has perplexed Thais and foreigners for decades, and there have been numerous explanations for the ban, none of which are historically correct. To say the least, depending on who you ask, you’ll receive a variety of explanations, including from the officials and cops who have been in charge of the prohibition for decades. Phiphat emphasized that eliminating the prohibition might have a significant positive impact on Thailand’s tourism business, which has been perplexed by the ‘ban’ from 2 to 5 p.m. for decades. Beginning July 1, he stated, the country anticipates between 25 and 30,000 international tourists to visit the Kingdom. However, Piphat cautioned the public that the lifting of the prohibition will not extend to convenience stores for the time being, pending more research. By the end of 2022, he expects to see at least 7.5 million people, with a goal of pushing that number to 10 million. When the visitors arrive, Piphat said he doesn’t want to ruffle their feathers by enforcing the onerous daily alcohol sales prohibition at specific hours.

Thailand’s major alcohol bill passed its first reading last week. The measure aims to disrupt corporate brewers’ monopolies and provide small-scale brewers and entrepreneurs more chances.

This follows on the heels of two other big regulatory reforms involving alcohol and nightlife. The CCSA stated yesterday that all 77 provinces in Thailand will become “Green” zones (or surveillance regions), allowing entertainment establishments to expand across the country. The CCSA stated that they will issue another notification when the adjustment takes effect.

We believe it will take effect on July 1st. When the change takes effect, venues will be able to stay open until 2 a.m., and 1 a.m. in other regions that have yet to be determined.

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