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At least 30 people have been arrested at a beach bar near Soi 8 in Pattaya for allegedly collecting, drinking alcohol and violating Covid19 rules

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At least 30 people were arrested last night at a bar near Pattaya Beach for allegedly violating Chonburi’s disease control order, which is intended to prevent the spread of the Covid19 coronavirus, according to Pattaya police.

The incident took place at 10 p.m., when a city police patrol led by Acting Pattaya Police Chief Colonel Maykawit Praditphon was patrolling the area preparing for the Pattaya Music Festival tomorrow (November 5). and on Nov 6.

Police discovered that the bar, located near Soi 8 next to a closed Burger King, was open and many people were gathering in the bar. Officers found at least 30 foreigners and Thais who, according to Pattaya police, were drinking alcohol, gathering and violating current Covid-19 rules. Alcohol was found in paper cups.

Currently, all bars, entertainment venues and nightclubs are mandatorily closed in Chonburi, the home province of Pattaya. In addition, the sale of alcohol in restaurants is prohibited.

The rules have sparked increasing anger and frustration from business owners and customers who want to see Pattaya’s famed entertainment industry reopened.

Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem recently stated that more than 80 per cent of Pattaya is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with the province about 70 per cent, but the rules remain. The Chonburi Communicable Diseases Committee has stated that they are developing rules and a plan to legally reopen the bar and entertainment sector, but unfortunately, no timetable has been given yet.

The ban on Pattaya remains despite some other parts of Thailand, such as Phuket, Krabi or Bangkok, having relaxed rules on drinking alcohol by the government. However, the rules differ from province to area.

The owner of the establishment in question was taken to the Pattaya Police Station to take legal action. The detained guests and employees were not named and will face multiple legal charges in connection with the incident, Pattaya police said.

Meanwhile, tourists and businesses in Pattaya continue to ask the Thai government to at least allow the drinking of alcohol in restaurants in Pattaya with rules as a step toward opening up the city’s famed entertainment and nightlife industry.

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