Entertainment Behind Closed Doors Okay, Gov’t Clarifies

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BANGKOK — Officials have clarified that entertainment in the private sector is free to continue if it takes place behind closed doors.

Entertainment businesses such as bars and nightclubs can operate normally so long as they are behind closed doors, according to a Sunday announcement by the Interior Ministry.

Fairs and ceremonies, such as weddings and ordinations, are permitted but advised to refrain from playing music and showcasing any form of entertainment, the bulletin said.

All kinds of concerts were asked to be postponed. No specific timeframe for their rescheduling was given.

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However as first announced Thursday, a 30-day moratorium on all entertainment-related governmental events was reiterated.

The clarification came after concerns were raised regarding the entertainment sector, especially low-paid industry workers who would be strongly affected if their workplaces were ordered closed for a month.

The military government has attempted to maintain a balance between a mourning period expected to last a year and the private sector’s dependence on trade and tourism.

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