Two bar managers in Pattaya were arrested last night for violating disease control measures. Bars across Thailand are to remain closed, but some have opened as restaurants. In the “blue zones”, which includes Pattaya, the sale and consumption of alcohol in restaurants is permitted until 9:00 p.m. At around 9:30 p.m., Pattaya police attended Soi Bua Khao and Walking Street for a routine check after cases of Covid-19 were reported in the area.
A 24-year-old woman, who runs a bar in Soi Bua Khao, was arrested after the bar served alcohol after 9 p.m. Reports say the lights had been turned off to be inconspicuous, but the bar was still serving customers. The 43-year-old manager of a Walking Street bar was arrested after police raided his bar, which was still open and crowded with people.
The two were prosecuted for violating the Covid-19 prevention measure of the Chon Buri Disease Control Committee. Officers also informed Thai media that there would be an investigation every day at 9:30 p.m. Everyone is urged to strictly follow disease control measures. Otherwise, there will be severe prosecution without exceptions.
Agents in other provinces have also cracked down on alcohol sales and places open at cut-off times. In the southern province of Trang, police raided a restaurant and found more than 50 customers drinking alcoholic beverages from plastic cups. The restaurant is said to have even sold alcohol discreetly by pouring it into a bottle of water. Reports indicate that they also had a promotion for customers.