Alcohol will only be sold from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to midnight during the festive period, The Nation reported.
In order to reduce the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving during the holidays, the ministry has ordered provincial public health authorities to randomly check places where alcohol may be sold, including entertainment venues, petrol stations, public parks, government offices, temple, school and grocery stores. The random inspections will run from April 9 to 18.
Violators of the 2008 Alcohol Control Act face six months in prison and a maximum fine of Bt10,000. Those caught selling alcohol beyong the permitted hours face two years in jail and maximum fine of Bt 4,000. Those selling alcoholic beverages to those below 20 years of age face a 1-year prison sentence and maximum fine of Bt20,000. Those conducting marketing promotions face 1 year in prison and to be fined Bt50,000.
[Source: The Nation]
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