In this coastal town on Thailand’s east coast, residents continue to sponsor and participate in food giveaways to hundreds of needy people like this week at Bali Hai Pier in South Pattaya.
Due to Covid19-related restrictions, thousands of businesses are currently forced to close in Pattaya and Chonburi, including the city’s tourism, hospitality and entertainment industries. Unfortunately, infections generally continue to rise and there are no signs of easing restrictions or easing any short-term closure orders. In addition, according to many people who have been laid off or lost their jobs, there is little to no financial support from the Thai government.
Major Jeerawat Sukhontasap, the head of the law enforcement department, told the press: “This area at Bali Hai Pier used to be used for people to do activities such as skateboarding and receive tourists, in these harsh times this area is not used due to possible Covid19 infections and we have stopped sports-related activities and skateboarding due to concerns about the spread of the virus. ”
“The mayor of Pattaya, Sonthaya Khunplume, sees that this place is suitable for giving away food to the needy. We used to use the beach before, but the beaches in Chonburi are now also off-limits due to Covid-19 measures,” Major Jeerawat added.
“Law enforcement officers assist with all giveaways in the area to ensure social distancing is maintained at 8 am, 12 pm and 5 pm.
“This is the third week in a row that food giveaways are being offered here. Anyone wishing to make food giveaways and charitable donations must first contact Pattaya City Hall for permission by calling 1337, or go to the Banglamung Municipal Office and complete the appropriate permission forms. Major Jeerawat added.
Pattaya remains a maximum control zone, with severe restrictions and closure mandates, with no end in sight as the number of cases continues to rise and limited vaccines have been allocated to the area.
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