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Pattaya police warn restaurants not to act like bars

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PHOTO: Police warn selling chips at your bar doesn't make you a restaurant

Following the closure of entertainment venues in 41 provinces for 2 weeks, Pattaya police warn that bars acting as restaurants and restaurants acting as bars would be punished. In Pattaya, police patrolled heavily to check in on venues and remind them of the penalties and fines for breaking shut-down rules. The current outbreak of Covid-19 throughout Thailand has been disproportionately spread by nightclubs and bars, including many pubs in Chon Buri and Bangkok. While the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has called for a 2-week closure, the Chon Buri edict is open-dated, expected to be in effect until conditions improve. One warning Pattaya police stressed was that, while restaurants are allowed to stay open and sell alcohol, abusing that exception will be punished.

In previous entertainment venue shutdowns during the pandemic, many businesses took advantage of the restaurant loophole. As there’s no exact wording in the law saying people have to order food and not only drinks, many restaurants served drinks and allowed dancing and socializing without any social distancing. Some bars were even seen hastily adding a quick food menu of easy snacks in an attempt to skirt the rules and operate as a restaurant serving alcohol. But this time Pattaya police warn that restaurants using these sneaky tricks won’t be tolerated. Even businesses with multi licenses will need to take measures to make it clear they are not operating more like a bar as police will have the discretion to make judgement calls on venues.

The 2-week closure of entertainment venues went into effect yesterday and banquet halls, movie theatres, saunas and soapies are all closed. Restaurants are allowed to stay open, but with a 10 pm curfew on dine-in services. Takeaway food is allowed after 10 pm until 5 in the morning. Officials hope this shutdown on Covid-19 spreading entertainment venues will slow the outbreak enough to avoid the dreaded full lockdowns, travel restrictions, and domestic quarantines.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 11:56 am

    “ mass migration of Thais back to their homes” – hope that doesn’t turn out as bad as it sounds for the current situation.

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    I cannot see an end to this business. There will be always another case detected, followed by another lock down.
    The vaccinations are not being done. Thailand’s economy is being reduced to peasant level.

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    Tes

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    “ disproportionately spread by patrons of nightclubs and bars” does all roads leads to Rome, says anything to you?

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    Clive G

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Here is something that the virologists I listened to more than a year ago said. You can’t stop a virus. Now that is obvious, the need should be to let it circulate amongst The young, fit and those with no pre-existing conditions and build up some sort of herd of immunity which until Covid came along was what we did with other viruses like the flu

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    J West

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    The “ Hi-So” and children don’t seem to be cutting back at all. They can still afford private rooms in a ritzy club for 200,000 a night minimum . It’s a world where Juniors ‘pub crawl’ includes transiting multiple airports in a day and boozing away with crowds of loud friends. “ Let them eat cake”.

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    Ben

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Toby, The vaccination process will kick in once those ahead of Thailand get their fill. Don’t be such a Debbie Downer.

    This latest closure of bars/nightlife venues is very targeted. I wouldn’t call it a lockdown. In fact the only lockdown Thailand had was when the pandemic started and it ended last summer. But let’s be clear the latest restrictions are warranted given the pandemic is still ongoing and people in those nightlife venues were partying like it was 1999. They need to take a break, get vaccinated when it’s their turn and then they can start up the party again.

    Once vaccinations are done then it becomes like the flu, manageable.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:07 am

    As a 71 year old man with a 19 year old Thai fiancé who Iv not seen in over a year time is running out for the people who makes the big decisions very shabbily run.. I say this many times it’s the Thai people who will always suffer I’m afraid!!! Many Thai ladies like mine have partners abroad but many have not… it’s a vicious circle that’s never ending

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    David Mann

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:07 am

    At the rate they are vaccinating it will take several years to reach herd immunity. Another comment on a post suggested a crazy timeframe of 65 years. That’s not even possible for Thailand. However, if you don’t vaccinate people quickly enough then you are prone to mutations which work around current vaccines. Even in the U.K. where over 50% of adults have received their first jab, it’s likely a further “booster” or “version 2” will be required in the late autumn. Thailand can’t take until summer next year without running the risk of a new variant causing further problems.

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    BJoe

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:44 am

    When new regulations remain unclear, it provides a breeding ground for kick backs with little brown envelopes. That huge concert in Bangkok, to which a cluster of Infections are attributed, what sort of penalties were the promoters levied ?

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    Bill

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Ben. It was always manageable. 99.9+ percent survival rate among the healthy. Go live in a shack in Alaska if your such a pu$$y

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    David Mann

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1:43 am

    It’s not the survival rate that’s the key issue with Covid, it’s the hospitalization rate. Once a countries health system starts to become overwhelmed then there is a knock in effect with other hospitalizations for normal A&E requirements and operations which require inpatient care. Although Thailand has some fairly good hospital bed capacity, much of it will be in private hospitals. This is why they are establishing “field hospitals to cope with that. The next issue then becomes ICU capacity. Looking at some of the pictures of the Field hospitals shows they are little more than a place for the sick to go in order to hopefully get some care. They are not equipped with ICU capabilities.

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    Bruno

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 9:19 am

    yes your wright in our age its hard to wait – I am 63 – its late in life when I went to Thailand first time which is what I should have done instead of waste my time on fat selfish european women
    I never had a thai gf for the long just short timers- I am picky .. and had good luck with that next tiem I must stay there longer – hope to fidn a good lady . money ? for sure it is but not allways the reason ,,

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    Jesus Monroe

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    So true tobes, look like I’ll see ya in Thailand in a few years for a cheap holiday. Your buy……..

  14. Avatar

    Jesus Monroe

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    71 with a 19 year old…….Tell me daddy what do we talk about after sex?

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    Jesus Monroe

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    come on bill don’t get so personal……your smarter than that Im think…..and to insult my second favourite organ…….shame on you haha

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    Rob

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Ben. You’re a sheep

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    Charles Foley

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:52 am

    @Jesus Monroe -That is just too effen funny

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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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