Can I drink or not? Thailand’s fickle booze policy sows confusion

BANGKOK — After going three weeks without alcohol, Thai consumers have embraced adult beverages with enough gusto to rekindle concerns about their effect on the fight against the coronavirus.

“We need to stock up since we don’t know when they’ll be banned again,” said one shopper at a Bangkok supermarket on May 3. The 39-year-old was among many stockpiling beer in case the government once again changed its mind about alcohol sales.

The Thai government halted alcohol sales April 10, just before the Songkran new year festival. Without alcohol, the thinking went, families were less likely to celebrate in large

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