Once-Wild Party Scene Is Put Down By Rising Positive COVID-19 Cases
A rise in positive COVID-19 cases has caused officials to implement a shutdown of the area’s nightlife, forcing bars to close at – get this – 9 p.m. It includes the world-famous Patong Beach with its famous nightlife.
The order is in place until Aug. 2, and could be extended beyond that date.
On July 1, a so-called “Phuket sandbox” program was launched by the government that allows for free movement around the island. It later imposed the 9 p.m., curfew. This affects pubs, bars, and other entertainment venues, dining-in restaurants and shopping malls.
People in Phuket are also kind of stuck there for a while. This is because the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) imposed a ban of domestic air travel to all designated dark red zones. The dark red zones are the provinces Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Chonburi, Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla.
The only positive here – aside from the negative impact of positive COVID cases – is that the high season for tourists to Thailand and Phuket is in February and not July.
PubClub.com will continue to monitor the activity (or lack thereof) in Thailand and Phuket as it pertains to travel and nightlife.