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Pattaya’s bars desperate to reopen

Jack Burton

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The Covid-19 pandemic has hit Pattaya’s bar owners terribly. Some among the 10 in Soi Wong Amat, aka Soi Na Klua 18, have packed up and gone. The remainder are desperate for the government to ease restrictions on them opening. There is still rent to pay, accommodation and food for staff and utilities. They don’t want to abandon their employees. 2 owners spoke to the media.

59 year old “Saengdeuan”, who has run the well known TJ Bar for 16 years, was in tears as she told Nation TV how she won’t abandon her 20 staff.

“What else am I going to do?” I’ll just have to wait for the tourists to return, whenever that is.”

The ‘whenever’ could be months away. And even if the government allows the bars to re-open at the start of July (the hot tip), the sight of foreign tourists may not be familiar until the end of the year.

44 year old “Buapha”, who owns the Blue Marlin pub begged the government to let her open. She says there may be no foreign tourists but she could serve Thais in the meantime.

“At least that would be something.”

Pattaya’s economy is almost entirely dependent on tourism. While the city’s beaches were allowed to reopen last Monday, pubs and bars remain shuttered and restaurants are prohibited from selling alcohol, leaving tens of thousands still out of work. Many of the workers have returned ‘up country’ to live with their families.

Pattaya's bars desperate to reopen | News by Thaiger

Pattaya's bars desperate to reopen | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: thaivisa | Nation TV

 

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    Brian

    Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    I took a day trip to Pattaya today and what I saw was pretty sad. Despite some businesses being allowed to open, they are still closed because there is nobody there to make it worthwhile. Restaurants are empty and a big part of the reason is that you can’t even have a drink with your meal. Baht busses were empty, no traffic anywhere. There has not been a domestic case there in 49 days!!! The longer this goes on, the worse it will be for all the Thai people out of work. I think it is time.

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      phil

      Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      have a flight booked for end of october
      think its 50/50
      what’s the point of opening bars with no tourist
      I have many friends in Pattaya they are suffering my heart goes out to them
      what a bloody mess

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    Peter Anderson

    Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    This is so sad. I hope everything goes back to some kind of normal soon. Open or to not open? That is the big question and I do not claim to know the answer.

    But when you see the big demonstrations in UK and other countries, totally neglecting social distancing, I would too doubt to let anyone in from there.

    I live in Sweden and as you already know, our government has a different “approach”, which I am not so sure of. So I guess I won´t be going to Thailand soon 🙁

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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