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Dozens of people arrested on Bangsaen beach for allegedly breaking Covid-19 rules, drinking alcohol and socializing

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Dozens of people arrested on Bangsaen beach for allegedly breaking Covid-19 rules, drinking alcohol and socializing

Saensuk Police, along with Chonburi Provincial Police, conducted an early inspection on Bangsaen Beach early yesterday morning after issuing multiple warnings in the past that people must stop congregating in the area especially to drink alcohol and socialize.

Due to the measures taken by Covid-19, beaches are currently only officially open for exercise. Any size gathering for socializing or mingling, especially for a party or around alcohol, is strictly prohibited. Violators may face strict fines under an emergency decree and transferable control laws for Covid-19 with hefty fines of up to 100,000 baht and/or up-to two years in prison.

The beach inspection was led by Colonel Surasit Nuengjamnong, Commander of the Saensuk Police.

The police team dispersed groups of about 20 to 30 skateboarding youth, including young children, at nearly 3:00 AM, warning them that although the beach was open for exercise, the group was too large and not just playing sports but was also socializing. The group was warned to go home at night and obeyed the order.

Police prosecuted the beach and arrested more than 20 people, mostly teenagers, for various violations, including underage drinking of alcohol and violation of the Covid-19 rules against social gatherings.

Those arrested will face the harsh aforementioned emergency decree and legal charges for communicable diseases. The parents of young people are also contacted.

Colonel Surasit warned that inspections of the area would continue and encouraged people to stay at home with members of their own household due to the current Covid-19 situation.

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