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Bangkok police tracking down owners of Thong Lor clubs where virus resurfaced

Maya Taylor

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Police in Bangkok are on the hunt for the owners of 2 nightclubs considered ground zero for a third wave of Covid-19 currently spreading around the country. The Krystal Club and Emerald Thonglor 13, in the capital’s fashionable Thonglor district, are currently closed, with the managers of both sentenced to 2 months’ imprisonment. However, officials are now attempting to track down the real owners of both establishments.

Nation Thailand reports that the authorities are examining ownership and shareholding documentation related to the 2 venues, after police chief Piya Tawichai confirmed a cluster of Covid-19 infections is believed to have spread from the clubs. The managers of both venues have been charged with violating the emergency decree and disease prevention regulations, with the Bangkok Municipal Court sentencing them to 2 months’ imprisonment on April 9.

The head of Metropolitan Police Division 5, Sophon Saraphat, has also transferred 2 Thonglor police officers, including the superintendent of Thonglor police station, while an investigation into the Covid-19 cluster continues.

Sophon says authorities are also examining the operating licences of both clubs, which have been closed for 30 days, while officials determine if they should be shut down for a period of 5 years.

3 nightlife venues in Phuket, thought to be behind a resurgence of Covid-19 in the southern province have been closed as part of a wider temporary shutdown of nightlife on the island. It is not yet known if the owners will face prosecution.

The Illuzion and Shelter nightclubs in Patong, along with the Café del Mar beach club in Kamala each held mass parties during the weekend of April 2- 4, with invited guests travelling from as far as Bangkok. Media reports put attendance at each party at over 3,000.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Somchai

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    But bars and clubs were allowed to be open when these incidents happened. It wasn’t done intentionally. Charged for what reason? maybe they should be wonderinh how it got into the country.

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    Graham Walker

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Ah the smell of brown envelopes fills the air.

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    Colin G

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    “charged with violating the emergency decree and disease prevention regulations” would appear to be the reason. In simple terms, totally ignoring the social distancing requirements, staying open beyond the designated hours, etc, etc.

    What makes you think that this outbreak is new to the country ? If it’s in Bangkok, it’s almost 100% certain that it’s been carried and passed on for weeks, if not months.

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    BJoe

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    If this was Ko Tao, the owners of these establishments are most certainly migrant workers from Myanmar.

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    BJoe

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Maybe, just maybe, these mysterious owners are vacationing with the ever elusive red bull heir. OBTW, it seems in Thailand that running over and killing a police officer is less of a crime than participating in a decentralization work shop.

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