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Pattaya and Banglamung “highly controlled,” non-essential businesses shutdown

Caitlin Ashworth



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Pattaya and Banglamung are now classified as “highly controlled” areas with an emergency order shutting down bars, parks, schools and non-essential businesses after rise in Covid-19 cases.

The emergency order was just released this morning by Chon Buri governor Phakarathorn Tienchai. The order is in place until further notice.

There are no set curfews, checkpoints or travel restrictions, but the governor is urging people to stay at home. The order does not ban alcohol sales, but large parties and gatherings, even at private homes, are banned. The order does not mention a limit on the number of people at a gathering.

Here’s what’s closed:

  • Bars, nightclubs, karaoke bars, massage parlors, cinemas, internet cafes and other service and entertainment and leisure venues.
  • Shopping malls and stores selling non-essential items.
  • Schools and other education related places like nurseries, child care centres and learning centres
  • Gyms, public pools, public parks and other fitness-related places

Other limitations:

  • Restaurants remain open for takeaway orders, but customers cannot dine inside. Hotel restaurants can remain open, but can only serve food to guests staying at the hotel.
  • Businesses that are considered essential can remain open, such as supermarkets, convenience stores, drug stores, banks, hardware and construction stores, and mobile phone stores.
  • 24-hour convenience stores must close from 10pm to 5am.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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  1. Avatar


    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Restrictions are the same as Europe.
    What idiot would travel to Thailand to do 14 day prison quarantine then get released to find the country they traveled half way round the world to, has gone into lockdown.
    Pattaya and Jomtein’s shutdown has no end date.
    Welcome to the world of lockdown Thailand.

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      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      Its not 14 days in prison as you know it. Its completely different, so relax.

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        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:23 pm

        It might not be 14 days in state prison with the horrors that would entail, but whatever way you look at it, it’s 14/15 days in luxury solitary confinement, with very little to look forward to on release. You would have to be really desperate to put yourself through that, especially considering the large cash outlay, and the hoop jumping requirements.

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      Scott Glenwhittier

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      because it’s not cold and pricks like you are mostly in europe.

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        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 8:21 pm

        Oh look its the forum gobshite Glenn.
        Business in Thailand busy little Glenn?
        Thai rent a wife thrown you out yet because you ain’t got any money left?
        Be a good boy and do a google for ‘Pfizer’, ‘AstraZeneca’ and ‘Vaccine’.
        You’ll find that Europe is beginning a mass vaccination program. Let me explain what that means, end of pandemic in Europe.
        Now when’s your vaccine date in Thailand?

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          Mr cynic

          Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 10:30 pm

          Looks like business that the bangkok commercial elite have interests in can remain open.
          imagine it’s essentially buissness as usual at the golf clubs also.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      Ummm … no, restrictions are nothing like “the same as Europe”, and even in Europe they vary widely not only from country to country but within countries.

      … and not everybody coming here goes to “Pattaya and Jomtien” – some actually have normal lives and families, shocking though that may be …

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:14 pm

      So do I, Burt, but if you look at the very limited “public parks” in Pattaya it actually makes a great deal of sense, particularly if the beaches and other outdoor areas are still open.

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Thats horrible news. My partner owns a cafe that she can ill-afford to close.

    Ridiculous public policy.

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      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      The UK has a furlough scheme supporting closed businesses running until April.
      What’s Thailand going to do for it’s own citizens, let alone farangs?
      Oh wait a minute, let’s give another 8 day holidays instead.
      Their only testing those who ask, the UK is testing 300,000 plus per day.
      The Thai figures are only scratching the surface.
      Sorry to say it isn’t going to be worth visiting Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui etc after this.
      It will take years for Thailand to rebuild after this.

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I question the wisdom in closing public parks/outdoor gyms/recreation areas. Even in covid infested regions of the world the authorities emphasize the importance of physical recreation/exercise. When in lockdown physical activities become even more important, both to avoid the dangers of inactivity and also to lessen the mental burden that comes with all these restrictions. Keeping the distance outdoors when exercising is virtually risk free and the benefits far outweighs the risks.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      So do I, Burt, but if you look at the very limited “public parks” in Pattaya it actually makes a great deal of sense, particularly if the beaches and other outdoor areas are still open

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    The UK regulator has just approved the Oxford vaccine.
    AstraZeneca hope to produce 3 billion doses next year.
    Looks like the UK is going to help get the world out of this mess.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Whoopee for the UK, although I don’t think the UK’s example has helped anyone very much!

      … and whoopee for Thailand, as 200 million of those will be produced in Thailand!

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        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 5:42 pm

        Yes, thanx to the Uk.

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      London Al

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 4:32 pm

      A UK company and UK scientists are helping, certainly not “the UK”, the government here have been a disaster during this crisis and still are, they are trying to take credit for this and it’s pathetic

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 5:46 pm

        To be strictly accurate it’s a British/Swedish company, and only three of the lead scientists at Oxford are British …

        Thanks to anyone involved, but trying to make nationalistic capital out of it is pretty sad, particularly given the UK leadership’s record.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Yes Limey grabbed the controls and saved the airliner from crashing, while singing: Rule Britanya!
    But don’t let the Thais have it, they will just treble the price and sell it on.
    Besides they brag that they can handle the virus. So they do not need a vaccine.


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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Ummm … no, Thailand’s not “only testing those who ask”, but only testing those who need testing.

    What’s the point in testing anyone else?

    … pretty simple question …

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      Bobby m

      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      To know the facts. Somthing YOU keep harping on about.

      …pretty simple answer…

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:04 pm

        What “facts” would those be, Bobby m?

        Targeted testing as done in Thailand gives you all the “facts” necessary to not only control the virus more effectively and efficiently than mass testing as done in the UK, but to also track, trace, treat and quarantine those with the virus far more effectively and efficiently, all at a fraction of the cost.

        So ….. what’s the point in testing anyone else?

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          Bobby M

          Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 7:16 pm

          Simple facts John.

          I will not waste my time explaining it to you

          I am sure you are bright enough to work it out for yourself.

          Most everybody else on here understands the need for mass testing and factual numbers.

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            Issan John

            Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 8:32 pm

            Much the answer I expected. Pure crap.

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            Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 10:40 pm

            Usual reaction from you when you are wrong

            You know your wrong and you hate it


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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Hua Hin and Pranburi now in lockdown until Jan 6.
    My favourite part of Thailand Destitute John.
    The Centara Grand, old railway hotel from the 1920’s, is my favourite property in Thailand.
    You ever been, penniless John?
    Thought not, frogs and barbaqued rat aren’t on the menu.

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      Colin G

      Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 8:22 am

      “Hua Hin and Pranburi now in lockdown until Jan 6”
      I would like to know your source for that statement. I live in HH and, as of last night, there was no evidence of ‘lockdown’ any more than there has been for weeks.

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Imagine those guys who came to Thailand, did all the burocratic paperwork, just finished their 2 weeks quarantine, and they were finally released only to find out that now everything is closed.
    They must be very, very pissed off.

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    Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    There idiots. What sort of lunatic travels during the first global pandemic in a century.
    Especially, to a third world banana republic.
    2 weeks quarantine then possibly months of quarantine in a condo or hotel because nothing open.
    Possible nighttime carfew as well.
    If it really kicks off, they’ll be running all the way back to BKK, to get a flight back.
    If they can get out.

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      Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      I have just done that exact thing. I came from the USA and I just finished quarantine on Saturday. Now I am in lockdown in Pattaya.

      Let me say you don’t obviously don’t realize how bad things are in the US right now. Most people I know have had COVID. Much of the US has been under lockdown for months. The places that aren’t under lockdown are deserted.

      The political situation is possibly worse. You are expected to take certain political positions or you will be accused of being racist (an accusation against which there really is no defense.) This can cost you your job or let you become the target of violence.

      There are frequent riots and looting with various militias fighting each other. Most people, even in the mainstream media, promote different conspiracy theories and misleading headlines.

      I am not thrilled that Pattaya is in lockdown but it is so much safer, more peaceful and fun than the US and I am thrilled to have escaped.

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        Leo Z

        Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 2:04 am

        Sorry, a lot of BS in what you state, apart from “the political situation”. Much of the US is not in lockdown, and places are not deserted. There are no frequent riots and looting.

        And most people you know may have had Covid, because the US has tested nearly 100 million people. CVS alone (since you claim you came from the US I’m sure you know it) has conducted 8 million tests. That’s one pharmacy chain alone. How many tests has Thailand conducted?

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        Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 3:14 am

        You can probably still find some girls on Beach Road? I guess THAT is the only reason you ventured to Thailand – and Pattaya. Of all places in Thailand there is no other reason to go to Pattaya. Happy mongering during the lockdown!

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    Friday, January 1, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    People who are opposed to testing.

    What’s ur opinion on people taking an HIV test!

    This is a genuine question..

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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