Entertainment businesses and musicians submitted a letter to parliament asking the government for assistance, and to reconsider the order to close all evening entertainment venues.
New clusters were discovered in entertainment lounges in early April, prompting the government to order the closure of all entertainment venues.
This includes venues such as restaurants, pubs and bars that operate at night.
The Thailand Nightlight and Entertainment Business Association stated that the orders from the government have affected not only business owners but their staff, musicians and street vendors that operate at night as well.
The group has approached the government and other relevant agencies four times to ask for a reconsideration of the wholesale closure of venues, and to ask that those affected by government measures be part of the decision-making process.
The group also wants the consumption of alcohol to resume, vaccines for staff and clear compensation measures by the government.
Political parties, such as Move Forward Party and Bhumjai Thai Party, came to receive the letters.
“The government has the time to choose and identify which type of businesses to close down, and should not close them down wholesale,” said Pita Limjaroenrart, leader of the Move Forward Party.
There were also Thai musicians present, including Slot Machine, Cocktail and Apartment Khunpa.