Bars should be allowed to reopen, opposition MP argues

An opposition parliamentarian on Thursday responded to the ruling Palang Pracharat Party’s condemnation of those who have pushed for the reopening of entertainment venues and said that government support to the sector was imperative.

Taopiphop Limjittrakorn, a Member of Parliament from the Move Forward Party, told Thai Enquirer that the government should not neglect the difficulties night entertainment business owners are facing.

“Many business owners are willing to follow the government’s Covid-19 restrictions. They should be allowed to open with strict measures,” he said.

Taopiphob said only a small group of venues do not comply with restrictions in response to a statement a government official blaming the industry for their irresponsibility.

Sira Jenjaka, a Member of Parliament from the Palang Pracharat Party, spoke to reporters at the Parliament House that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has to reconsider its decision to open the entertainment venues in January.

“People who are associated with this wrong decision must take responsibility in this matter. They are putting people’s lives at risk,” he said.

Taopiphop disagreed and said the government should set up standards for all businesses to reopen again.

“The government can make sure the rules are enforced while the business owners are building their reopening strategy,” he said.

Entertainment venues including bars, clubs, karaoke joints, and other nightlife venues have been shut down since the beginning of the pandemic early this year.

Dr Tanatip Suppradit, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Thonburi Healthcare Group, told Thai Enquirer that he is worried that the reopening of night entertainment businesses could lead to more Covid-19 cases.

“A new surge of Covid-19 cases is expected. However, if the vaccine coverage reaches 80 per cent of the population, the risk of severe illness will decrease,” he said.

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