Alcoholic beverage sellers have submitted a petition to parliament against a ban on the online sale of alcohol, saying it has hurt small businesses.
Earlier this week, Thailand announced the ban after seeing a spike in online orders amid lockdowns to contain Covid-19, which the government said had led to underage drinking.
In April, the country also banned the sale of alcohol at shops for three weeks as part of social distancing measures.
“Don’t use the youth to ban online alcohol sales,” said Supapong Pruenglampoo, a representative from a craft beer network.
“It does not protect the youth, but is a way to stop small sellers and benefits convenience stores, destroying online businesses.”
The ban, which comes into effect in early December, will carry a maximum fine of 10,000 baht (RM1,331) and a prison sentence of up to six months.
Thailand, where the legal age to consume alcohol is 20, already has some of the strictest alcohol laws in the region, prohibiting sales in specific areas such as near schools and limiting the hours stores can sell alcohol. — Reuters
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