A spokesman from the Department of Health has requested that the public refrain from drinking alcoholic drinks this week in honour of the late beloved King Bhumibol, in a letter released today (October 23.)
The letter states that alcohol should not be drunk from October 25 to October 29, the period which the remains of the late beloved king will be cremated in a ceremony at Sanam Luang, Bangkok.
The letter has since been widely shared online where many have interpreted it as a government decree, however a spokesman from the department Asadang Ruayajin said it is not compulsory.
Speaking by telephone Asadang said “this is not a law, we’re merely asking for cooperation, it’s not legally binding.”
Asadang elaborated stating that the Alcohol Control Board would not be enforcing any ban on alcohol during the cremation ceremonies which run from October 25 to 29.
Many nightlife and entertainment venues have announced that they will be closing their doors during this period, especially October 26 the day of the late king’s cremation and the Thai government has declared October 26 to be a public holiday.