2 Pattaya venues acting as ‘restaurants’ arrested for Covid-19 violations

In the ongoing fight to curb restaurants and venues violating ever-changing Covid-19 restrictions, Pattaya police arrested 2 managers of so-called restaurants last night. Police reported breaching the new 11pm closing time, as well as Covid-19 health and safety rules for venues that serve alcohol. Pattaya City Police Chief personally led the 2 raids last night.

Last night the police arrested 2 people who were either the manager or the owner of businesses that had turned into restaurants. One of the sites was opened completely illegally, without any license or certification to operate. The other was only arrested for running after hours past the 11pm curfew for “places selling alcohol”.

Owners and managers will be charged with breaching legal orders, breaching Chon Buri disease control orders and opening entertainment venues without a license.

Pattaya police have focused on cracking down on entertainment venues that have been hastily converted into restaurants in order to qualify under current Covid-19 restrictions and be allowed to reopen and serve alcohol . Since its inception, it has been a common escape for bars, clubs and similar venues to reopen somewhat legally under thinly veiled cover as a restaurant.

Since April last year when the third wave of Covid-19 which severely affected Thailand began, all nightlife and entertainment venues such as pubs, bars, discos, karaoke, go -go bars and gentlemen’s clubs have been forced to close until now. . But with the permission of restaurants that serve alcohol, many places created a makeshift food menu and were able to reopen. The government has since tightened the regulation and certification of these ‘restaurants’ saying they must at least meet Covid-19 qualifications to reopen.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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