The owner of King Seafood Pattaya is very sad to shut down their business indefinitely after a new series of Covid-19 infections caused multiple restrictions in the Chonburi area.
Mrs. Premruedee Jitiwuttikan, 67, told The Pattaya News that, “Before the new infection period had started, we still had both Thai and foreign customers after the first wave of Covid – 19 had passed. It was nowhere near how it was before Covid-19 when we were busy nightly but we were able to survive.”
“We had fought and passed through a hard time in the first time of the pandemic despite significantly less traffic on Walking Street.”
“The pandemic is not our fault but it is because we believe, in my opinion, government offices are not strict enough on their duties. Plus, we have seen more illegal gambling dens leading to this wave of infections.” Stated Ms. Premruedee
“We have to shut down the business as now there are no customers. We cannot afford to fight during this hard time again. I am very sad about this decision.” Premruedee concluded.
The Pattaya News notes that although restaurants are legally allowed to open for dining King Seafood, placed on Walking Street, previously relied on tourists and those around the entertainment district. Unfortunately, entertainment venues remain closed on Walking Street either by government order or due to lack of foreign tourists due to border restrictions blocking foreigners from coming to Thailand without going through a fourteen-day quarantine and numerous hoops. This means that the Walking Street area mostly remains deserted with entertainment attractions open or tourists to visit them.
“I want to encourage other people and businesses that are still fighting. The last time is worse than this time. We can pass it through. This time we have to continue our fight as much as we can.” Premruedee concluded.
The Pattaya News notes that King Seafood was one of the biggest supporters of the local community and providing donations and food for the hungry and unemployed during the first period of Covid-19 related closures last year. Premruedee stated that the business will likely fight another day but will remain closed for the time being until the situation improves and has asked that the government remember small business owners.
This week also saw the permanent closure, according to them, of Tahitian Queen Gogo on Beach Road, the oldest gogo in Pattaya having been open since the late 70’s.