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Pattaya bar owners waiting for CCSA to allow later closing hours



Pattaya bar owners are waiting for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration to allow businesses to close at later times, as a decision is expected today to reveal new provincial risk assessments. If Chon Buri province, which features Pattaya, is determined to be a “green” zone by the CCSA, the businesses would be allowed to stay open past midnight, with the hopes of getting more revenue from domestic tourism.

Chon Buri province is currently a “yellow” province but today has marked 2 weeks without a single local case of Covid-19. If the province is labelled “green” it would fall under “low surveillance.” But that doesn’t mean the midnight closure rule would be guaranteed to be relaxed.

Pattaya has always been broken down into “special administrative zones” in which the nationwide rules of closing up bars and businesses by midnight, was always ignored, depending on which zones the bars were located.

But such a bending of rules has been banned under the nation’s Emergency Decree to help control the spread of Covid-19, at least before the second wave hit. Meanwhile, the CCSA is mulling whether to end the Emergency Decree and replacing it with the Communicable Disease Control Act, which would allow Pattaya to adhere to closing times, once again, under its special administrative zone status.

Just 2 weeks ago, the Pattaya announced plans to hold Songkran, or the Thai New Year, which normally includes water splashing and water fights, but now the government has essentially banned such activities.
Thailand’s Public Health Minister says the government’s Covid-19 task force will also meet today to decide how Songkran will be celebrated, including the activities to be allowed in the new normal era. While a ban on inter-provincial travel is not expected, Anutin Charnvirakul says provincial governors will impose health screening protocols on those moving between provinces.


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  1. Hasse

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    All of Thailand is an red zone with covid everywhere. Give vaccine to 60% of the peopel and we the tourist can feel safe to travel again.

  2. Bill

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    green becomes yellow. what’s the point isaan john?

  3. Issan John

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Who would opening the bars past midnight make any noticeable difference to?

  4. William Lansbury

    Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Hi yes bares need to stay open longer yes and Thailand needs to get ride off 14 and 7 says quite tune OK yes jest get back to normal way off life yes OK I think thanks I miss going to pattaya ok yes thanks William

  5. James R

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:33 am

    In the West when virus cases and deaths drop eg October last year the government foolishly opens up shops, restaurants, pubs etc and then again there is an exponential growth in the number of cases and deaths and the pubs etc are all closed again.

    We are now in the UK vaccinating over 600,000 people a day, half the adult population have been vaccinated, the number of deaths have dropped dramatically yet we remain closed for another few months, most of our infections are passed on by the domestic population, not by foreign visitors.

    I agree with the shutdown until most of us are vaccinated.

    What I find strange is Thailand has not closed shops bars etc yet there are very few cases, you only need one or two people to get the infection for it to increase exponentially, yet there are hardly any caseseven though millions of people are rubbing shoulders with each other in shops, bars, restaurants etc.

    I think people are living with their head in the sand in Thailand and the cases are being hidden.

    Many people in Thailand live in small villages and I can image each deaths is attributed to old age etc.

  6. joe molinario

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 6:42 am

    THE CASES OF COVID19 ARE HEAVILY DISTORTED AS ONLY COVID 19 cases treated in hospitals!!!! are reported and statisticaly recorded.
    Vaccinating all popuation defies the purpose as now are succeptible to a new more agressive mutant strain, GO FIND YOU ANOTHER IDIOT TO PASS ON YOUR LIES, FUCKING MODERATOR BITCHES AND WANKERS.

  7. Mark

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:28 am

    You are so right

  8. Issan John

    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    “What I find strange is Thailand has not closed shops bars etc yet there are very few cases, you only need one or two people to get the infection for it to increase exponentially, yet there are hardly any caseseven though millions of people are rubbing shoulders with each other in shops, bars, restaurants etc.”

    Hardly “strange”, James R – look at New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and even Cambodia, amongst others.

    Get it right from the start, or learn quickly from other people’s mistakes, test the right people instead of the wrong ones, and keep a lid on it, and you keep things under control.

    Stuff up from the start and keep on stuffing up, and things go wrong – up until now Thailand’s got it right … until now …

  9. James R

    Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Issan John

    Australian and New Zealand for example closed shops, bars etc and with such a small population they will find it easer to control.

    Thailand on the other hand left all the shops, pubs etc open and still do, yet no large number of cases, that is the lie but if you want to believe it then no problem as staying in Thailand long term I suppose you get used to being fed with nonsense, I bet you even think the general election there was not rigged?

    I think the government got more votes than the actual number of people who voted.

    Test the right people? I have to laugh, in Thailand it is a case of testing no one.

    But it is still a great place for long holidays as the airport in never that far away for a quick exit.

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