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Pattaya officials threaten bars masquerading as restaurants with closure – VIDEO

Maya Taylor



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Following a number of inspections at various restaurants in the Pattaya area, police have cautioned venues whose primary business is selling alcohol. In what may also serve as a warning to businesses in the rest of the country, Pattaya authorities are threatening some establishments with closure unless they meet the criteria for reopening. These include only serving alcohol to customers who are having a meal and ensuring social distancing rules are adhered to.

Seems a lot of bars are now suddenly starting to serve up food as a way to ‘comply’ with the current restrictions.

The Pattaya News reports that the Permanent Secretary of Banglamung District, Mr. Pornchai Sung-iad, accompanied police to various restaurants in the city, warning them that if they were primarily selling alcohol, they would be considered a bar or pub, even if they possess a restaurant licence. He added that such places would be shut down and fined, and would not be permitted to reopen until it is legal for bars and pubs to do so. There is currently no set date for such businesses to reopen.

Police in Pattaya have been instructed to monitor restaurants and ensure they only sell alcohol to diners, with Pornchai reiterating that the purpose of allowing restaurants to sell alcohol is for customers to enjoy a drink with their meal, not to congregate in groups solely for the purpose of drinking alcohol. He is also threatening restaurants with closure if customers break social distancing rules or do not use the Thai Chana check-in platform.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Toby Andrews

    June 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    They are determined every ones life miserable every chance they get.

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      Billy blackpool

      June 27, 2020 at 3:41 am

      The writing is on the wall,they want to get rid of the bars and the old timers that frequent them and spend very little. They want to close walking street and make a new Marina for cruise ships and big spenders

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    Heikki Ylinen

    June 17, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    You write that it is allowed to sell alcohol only to diners. Where is this stated officially? So far seen only that alcohol sales is allowed for restaurants between 11-2pm and 5-11pm. This is confusing, please provide copy of some official announcement regarding this

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    Heikki Ylinen

    June 17, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    hello why you deleted my question? if you do not want to publish then please kindly at least reply to me by email – I would like to see an official document from covernment/officials that states that sales of alcohol would be allowed only for customers that order food also.

    Appreciate your reply – Thank you

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    paul scott

    June 17, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Watch as Thailand slips into recession and then depression over the next few years. No tourist in his right mind would come here at present.

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    June 17, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    There has been no new infection in months, but still the lock-down measures continue. I wonder whether the Thai landlords will still put their hands out to collect the monthly rent, even though most of the bars remain closed and have absolutely no income. It makes you wonder what is the purpose of a Thai business licence – if you cant open for business!!

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    June 17, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    The Thai Taliban commands and you must listen and comply… /sarc

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