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Chon Buri orders beach, market closure; Navy closes 12 beaches

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Bangsaen Beach has been closed to night visitors. (via Wikimedia)

As Chon Buri and Pattaya work to contain and reduce Covid-19 infections, beaches and a market area have been ordered to close indefinitely. Last night, the Chon Buri Public Relations Department released a new round of closure orders, affecting beaches and Market areas. The Royal Thai Navy also joined in on the closure orders, announcing a string of beaches in the naval area that they will close.

The Public Relations Department announced that Bangsaen Beach will now be closed every evening, beginning at 8 pm and reopening in the early morning at 4 am. Chon Buri officials ordered the closure after repeated violations of the Covid-19 rules banning gathering and drinking. Many people living in the neighbourhoods around Bangsaen Beach have complained about young people gathering at night on the beach, drinking and partying all night.

The announcement also ordered the closure of Pongsak Market in Meung Chon Buri on Ratprasong Road. Closing the market area includes all shops, stalls, and businesses that are operating within the facilities there.

The Pongsak Market closure has a set expiration of July 10. The order to close Bangsaen Beach, however, has no fixed date for the order’s expiration, so the beach will remain closed indefinitely.

At the same time, in an order unrelated to the Chon Buri closures, the Royal Thai Navy announced a list of beaches in the Sattahip area that they will close temporarily. The beaches in the area have been part of naval land since Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, often called the Father of the Royal Thai Navy, procured the coastline protected my many small islands for King Rama V in 1922 and set up the naval base there.

11 beaches in total will be closed, along with the Khai Phramaha Jetsada Ratchajao Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Centre:

Dong Tan Beach (not the Jomtien beach of the same name) Samae San Beach
Kham Beach Nang Ram Sor Beach
Kinnaree Beach Nang Rong Beach Tean Talay Beach
Nam Sai Beach Saikaew Beach Toei Ngam Beach

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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