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Partiers arrested in raid Covid-19 tested, awaiting court Monday

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Those arrested in the Pattaya raid get Covid-19 tests while awaiting court Monday. (via Pattaya News Video Screenshot)

After the raid on 2 nightclubs masquerading at restaurants in Pattaya that resulted in 121 arrests, the group of arrested partygoers are all being tested for Covid-19 while awaiting court hearings. The raids of The Garden 168 and Mo Salah Bar and Restaurant late Friday night into early Saturday morning found a mix of Thais and foreigners drinking, smoking shisha, and gathering in evening entertainment venues – all illegal.

The partiers, some of whom tried to escape to neighbouring rooftops or hide, were all taken into custody and held at the Pattaya Police Station. Shisha is illegal at all times in Thailand, but social gatherings, consuming alcohol, and operating a bar or entertainment venue are all temporarily outlawed under the current Covid-19 emergency decree as well as Chon Buri’s Covid-19 restrictions.

The large group of detainees from the raid will face court appearances Monday morning to face charges for their social merrymaking antics. The attendees could be charged under the emergency decree act or violations of the communicable disease act where fines can reach 40,000 baht and up to 2 years in prison, though maximum penalties have not been often handed out during the pandemic.

At the same time, all those taken into custody are being tested for Covid-19. The tests were administered at the Pattaya Police Station by medical workers who came from Banglamung Hospital. The staff tested 107 of those people in custody from the raid, and also tested 26 other people who had come in contact with the partiers, including police officers, first responders, and reporters on the scene during the raids.

Everyone who was tested will have to either self-isolate or remain in police custody for the next 24 hours until test results for everyone come back. Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 or considered high risk will be transferred for further treatment and observation at a local Pattaya hospital.

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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