Phuket is preparing for the new 4am closing time being extended to nightlife venues in some areas and has drawn up 6 measures to combat any potential fallout. The new ‘official’ closing times will only be operational in some popular tourist areas on the island.
While yet to be confirmed, the extended hours for bars and clubs are expected to come into effect from December 15. The later closing time will not be island-wide, but rather only applicable in designated areas, including the popular tourist mecca of Patong.
The new hours are expected to boost tourism and the local economy, with businesses expecting to see a 30 – 50% increase in revenue and a 20 – 30% increase in the island’s employment rate.
Thai officials (who tend to fear the worst when it comes to alcohol) are introducing a new set of measures aimed at preventing all-out disaster. In addition, 3 municipal units, 2 fire-fighting units, and 36 lifeguards will be deployed. There will also be 8 volunteer lifeguards on duty between the hours of 8pm and 8am.
According to a Bangkok Post report, a source at the Phuket Provincial Administration Office has confirmed there are 6 new measures in total…
1. CCTV cameras will be installed in all designated late-night zones, with footage monitored by a special unit and relevant agencies
2. Hospitals will work together to have active health check plans in the areas concerned, offering health advice and checking the conditions at entertainment venues – including staff accommodation – are sanitary
3. Emergency mobile units will be positioned at police booths
4. Additional police units will offer assistance with vehicle and pedestrian traffic between the hours of 6pm to 9pm. Police patrols will also take place around the clock.
5. Refuse and waste must be collected between the hours of 6am and 6pm, in order for it to be separated and taken to special collection areas designated by the municipality.
The authorities are also designating special cannabis smoking areas, to prevent non-smokers being inconvenienced. Police and security officials are also ramping up measures against illegal narcotics and the sale of alcoholic drinks will be “strictly controlled”.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post