Singers and musicians at entertainment venues are planning to be enlisted in Section 40 of Thailand’s social security in order to receive government assistance payments, Labor Minister Suchart Chomklin stated today, November 29th.
The labor minister revealed after meeting with representatives of entertainment venue associations, including singers, musicians, and operators of clubs and pubs, that there would be financial remedies for the business group affected by the order of the government. The remedies may be introduced into the social security system under Section 40. TPN media notes that normally, much of this sector is in the so-called “informal” or grey area, and not part of social security, but that the labor ministry was looking for options to assist those in need.
As for the payment rate, Suchart only stated that the number has not been finalized and would be considered based on the total number of people who were qualified for applications. Therefore, a group of labor ministry representatives was assigned to collect initial data on numbers before proposing payment rates on December 3rd.
The matter would be further discussed with the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council before requesting possible remedies from the next loan budget. Initially, it is estimated that there are about 100,000 workers nationally qualified for this application.
Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has released an announcement for extending the drinking hours from 9:00 PM. to 11:00 PM. for qualified SHA+ or Covid-Free restaurants in the capital, starting December 1st.
During today’s daily briefing, CCSA (Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration) deputy spokesperson Apisamai Srirangsan stated that the CCSA was concerned about a possible cluster at restaurants as there were reports that some restaurants illegally sell alcohol and provide similar services like pubs and bars, violating the CCSA regulations.
“The CCSA would like to remind that the regulations issued in accordance with the Emergency Decree would allow such entertainment businesses to open on January 16th. The reopening was still in preparation. If the service was officially open but operators and customers neglected in complying with preventive measures, there were likely to be ordered closed again as well,” Dr. Apisamai stressed.
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