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Pattaya nightlife venues call for closing time to be extended to pre-Covid hours

Maya Taylor



Pattaya's Walking Street in pre-Covid times. PHOTO: Lin Kiu on Unsplash

Nightlife operators in Pattaya are pleading to be allowed to revert to the later closing times that were in place prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, while the government’s Covid-19 task force is further easing restrictions on transport, schools, and sporting events, the emergency decree still remains in place. This means that former tourist hotspots like Pattaya, whose special designation meant bars and clubs could stay open longer than many other parts of the country, must currently adhere to a mandatory closing time of midnight.

However, some business owners accuse others of not observing the midnight closing requirement, putting those who do at a disadvantage. As venues continue to suffer from a lack of international tourists, those who’ve turned their attention to domestic tourists are pleading with officials to let them stay open until at least 2.00am. However, with the emergency decree still in place until at least the end of this month, an extension to the current mandatory closing time of midnight is unlikely.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    They should replace it with a long wall of sanitised covid glory holes, with tubes to suck beer in whilst something else is sucked out. Save on all that electrical light and noise pollution, not to mention the other forms of pollution it generates. It’s just so tacky, overpriced, and cras.

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    Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Covid EMERGENCY!!!! MUST NOT BE OPEN PAST MIDNIGHT OR YOU WILL DIE DIE DIE of the virus. But before midnight, hey – it’s all good, go and spend money.

    This CV scam is a joke, the govt’s emergency is a joke, and sooo many people wandering around in masks thinking (I can’t imagine what or if they are thinking).


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