Thailand’s Center for Covid Situation Administration or CCSA has begged restaurants mounting a civil disobedience campaign not to break the law. The latest regulations issued at the weekend have infuriated restaurant owners already battered by a year and a half of the pandemic. They claim they have public support. Yesterday Channel 7 reported the National Security Council director and CCSA chief Gen Natthaphol Nakphanich as calling for cooperation and not to open for in-house dining. He reiterated that the government was considering help measures for restaurants and that reviews will take place every 15 days amid the tension. He stood by the data, he claimed, that showed the spread of Covid being linked to restaurant gatherings and the consumption of alcohol. This is unlikely to hold much sway with restaurants, notes Thaivisa, as some got behind a hashtag trending on Twitter calling for civil disobedience in Bangkok. Language was strong as protests were planned in an escalating campaign that could see people drinking and eating on the streets in open violation of the ban issued at the weekend and valid Monday last. But so far it has not materialized. Thai Rath said that the Bangkok governor – Aswin Kwanmuang – noted that across 50 districts in the Thai capital there had been no breaking of the law in this regard. The Thai Restaurant Association moved to distance themselves from the planned protests preferring to continue an approach at trying the persuade the authorities to adopt their view. They said they had 35,000 members and would not forbid any of them from participating in the protests but would not support them. The association also said they feared that established protesters against the government could use the protests against restaurant opening to further their agenda.
Picture: Bangkok Business News Meanwhile Bangkok Business News noted that the government’s stance remained one that the law should be followed. They quoted spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri as continuing to claim that restaurants and the consumption of alcohol were high risk factors in the spread of Covid-19. He attempted to calm the crisis by saying that help was on the way for artists, freelancers and those in the entertainment industry hardest hit by the latest round of rules.