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Pattaya venues “willing to close” if ordered

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“If the government ordered us to close entertainment venues, we are willing to cooperate.”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha said yesterday that, for the time being at least, he is not ordering a shutdown of the country’s massive nightlife industry. But one of Thailand’s main tourist hotspots is bracing for the worst: the Pattaya Entertainment Operators Association conceded yesterday they are willing to cooperate if entertainment venues are ordered closed to prevent the spread of theCovid-19 coronavirus, even if it means many problems.

Speaking to the Pattaya News yesterday, Damrongkiet Pinitkarn, secretary of the association, had this to say:

“After the news about people infected [with] the virus at nightclubs and a party in Bangkok, not many people are going out for nightlife already. The past several nights, we’ve seen substantially reduced traffic on Walking Street. We’ve been affected by the situation already. Staffers are also worried about the virus spread and the use of masks and sanitizers has increased.”

“Some entertainment venues in Bangkok are temporarily closed now, but nearly everything in Pattaya remains open. However, we believe all entertainment venues in Thailand should be closed if we (Pattaya) are forced to close. We also believe a selective closure of venues will not work as people who can’t go to the biggest venues will just go to what is still open, filling it with more people.”

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“We have already taken significant steps since the virus spread. Many venues are being cleaned daily and sanitized top to bottom. Many are checking customers for symptoms before entering. There have been no cases of the virus in Pattaya and most of the current customers are expats or locals as few tourists remain.”

In Pattaya, one of the largest nightlife spots in the world, tourism and the entertainment industry account for about 80% of the overall economy. A nightlife shutdown there would put tens, if not hundreds of thousands out of work, and there is concern that many would return to their home provinces, possibly infecting the vulnerable elderly populations there.

The majority of the entertainment workers in Pattaya are transients from Issan in the Northeast, and are the primary breadwinners for their families. A shutdown would likely see many thousands of families in the Northeast, Thailand’s poorest region, affected.

Entertainment operators say they hope the government will step in and help the industry in the current crisis. They hope landlords will be instructed to be lenient during any shutdown period, and not force hundreds of businesses to close by demanding rent, mortgages, etc.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Thailand confirms 104 new coronavirus cases (Thursday)

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Thailand now has at total of 1,875 Covid-19 coronavirus cases, with 104 new cases confirmed over the last 24 hours and 3 more patients dying. Total deaths now stand at 15. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the government’s newly formed Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, made the announcement today (Thursday).

This continues a hopeful trend of new cases in Thailand overall dropping as restrictions tighten across the country. 120 new cases were reported yesterday, 127 on Tuesday.

A spokesman cautioned that, even though the rate of new cases may be slowing, any number over 100 a day is a matter of concern. He said that March saw the contagion spread throughout the entire country, warning that no province will be spared if people do not adhere to the Government’s strong advice to stay at home and maintain social distancing everywhere.

Bangkok remains the epicentre of new infections in Thailand.

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Phuket rooftop party busted, drugs seized

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Police arrested 9 foreigners and 5 Thai women for partying in Patong in violation of orders against gathering in crowds, to control the spread of coronavirus disease. They were arrested on the rooftop of a rental house on Sirirat Road in tambon Patong of Kathu district last night after police received a complaint about a loud party. Those arrested included Australians, British, Americans, Ukrainians and Thais.

The arrested foreigners comprised 6 men and 3 women includes…

  • 1 Australian male Al-Mouzafar Mohamad age 22.
  • 3 British men Britons Oliver Hoskins aged 23, Alan Jones age 22, and Stuart McDonough age 29.
  • 1 American male Russell Robertson age 32.
  • 3 Ukrainian women Zakharov Andrii age 27, Petriv Tetiana age 22, Chala Anasiia age 22.
  • 1 Ukrainian male Semko Iana age 31.

The five Thai women…

  • Nida Usen age 31 from Satun province.
  • Boonchanok Roongruang age 36 from Trang.
  • Supika Kitdee age 28 from Chon Buri.
  • Narumon Thuadaoage 23 from Nakhon Si Thammarat.
  • Wararin Jaidee ahe 33 from Satun.
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Police officers discovered around 4 kilograms of cannabis and 0.94 gram of cocaine in their possession, and also seized several bottles of liquor and loudspeakers. They were initially charged with violating both the emergency decree and the Phuket governor’s order banning crowd gatherings in Patong.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Chiang Rai puts strict conditions on people entering the province

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As of yesterday, the Governor of Chiang Rai Prajon Pratyakul issued an order that ‘everyone entering Chiang Rai province will have to wear a face mask and undergo screening at checkpoints’.

“This order will apply to all visitors whether, on foot, private vehicles or public transport, those who cannot provide evidence of being a local resident or having a workplace in Chiang Rai will be denied entry, as well as those who do not wear a facemask or refuses to undergo the screening process.”

For the people who are allowed entry, they must provide their name, address and telephone number to checkpoint officials and strictly follow the guidelines as suggested by the Ministry of Public Health, including maintaining the distance of at least one metre between anyone and regularly wash their hands.

Vehicles that are carrying supplies and products for selling or manufacturing in the province are allowed to enter the province but they have to undergo the screening procedure as well.

SOURCE: The Nation

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