Covid-19 - a "game-changing" agent that makes "Asia at night" different

Night entertainment centers throughout Asia have been "hit hard" since the pandemic broke out. As a "game-changing" agent, Covid-19 has made the appearance of "Asia by night" much different.

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An employee cleans a plastic shield according to social isolation rules at Sherbet Club in Bangkok, Thailand on June 30. (Image: Reuters)


From Beijing, Hong Kong to Bangkok, Seoul ... most bars and nightclubs are either closed or operated in moderation according to the regulations against Covid-19.

Nightlife has been a major source of revenue for Thai tourism, but in the face of an 80% decline in visitors this year, experts are taking a closer look at how Covid-19 has "reshaped" the country's nightlife entertainment industry. From there, determine solutions to actively promote within the framework of joint efforts to restore Thailand tourism.

The deserted scene on May 8 at a street in Itaewon which was once very busy in the center of Seoul, Korea. (Photo: Yonhap)

All 2,154 Seoul City clubs, including those in the trendy “international” neighborhood of Itaewon, have to be closed by Covid-19 and only allowed to reopen from the end of June but still suffers from some restrictions.

Once a core part of the nightlife in Itaewon, the Mexican-Korean restaurant bar Vatos Urban Tacos is famous for the scene where customers often wait in line at the door for hours, the past few months have also suffered.

The Pontiac bar in central Hong Kong, China has been transformed into a cafe to attract customers. (Photo: The Pontiac)

Mr. Juweon Kim - co-founder of Vatos Urban Tacos - shared that the pandemic caused him and his colleagues to rethink the way of doing business, looking for new income channels such as making a meal package for sale online or at supermarkets and convenience stores.

“Covid-19 is a game-changer, setting a new standard. But there are still opportunities in this "chaotic" situation - Mr. Kim emphasized ...

The photo was taken on the evening of September 2 at the One Third club in Beijing's famous Sanlitun "bar neighborhood". (Photo: Elizabeth Law)

In the Chinese capital Beijing, the nightlife is slowly returning.

Joe Hou, who owns Gastrobar, whose customers are mostly foreigners, said: Along with the staff cuts, the shop has to find new ways to attract local customers such as expanding the menu to include both rice dishes ...

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