Phuket entertainment businesses are calling for a legal closing time extension to 2:00 A.M..
A meeting was held yesterday (May 26th) at the Phuket City Hall led by the Phuket Vice Governor Arnuparb Yodkwan and the president of the Patong Entertainment Business Association Mr. Weerawit Krueasombat and other relevant officials and agencies.
Mr. Weerawit stated at the meeting, “It is a good news from June 1st that entertainment businesses will be legally allowed to open until midnight. However, this will still not fulfill nightlife tourist’s satisfaction. The closing time needs to be extended legally to 2A.M. Foreign tourists on holiday do not want to call it a night at midnight.”
“Most tourists come out late at night, starting their evening around 10 or 11PM. If the closing time is at midnight, they only have one hour to enjoy the nightlife. If the closing time is extended, they will have more time to relax, and spend more money, helping the economy.” Weerawit stated.
“Entertainment businesses will earn more income and they can hire more staffers. So there will be more employment as well which will also boost the economy.” Weerawit added.
“If the closing time is at midnight, they will go and drink on Patong Beach anyways or on the streets which will cause more problems. If nightlife tourists drink in areas which can be controlled, there will be fewer troubles.” Weerawit explained.
However, the provincial administration will suggest a formal closing time extension to the CCSA (Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Currently, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the CCSA has jurisdiction on closing times for entertainment venues.