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The hospitality sector of Pattaya has been shot, why are they allowed to serve alcohol in restaurants in Bangkok and we’re not


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Pattaya’s tourist board has criticized the popular seaside resort for not appearing on the shortlist of places that will allow alcohol sales in restaurants from Monday.

Chonburi like other province deserves to be included in a cluster of four provinces where restaurants are allowed to sell alcoholic beverages to customers, said Boon-anant Pattanasin, president of the Pattian Association for Business and Tourism.

He made the comment after the CCS announced that eateries in Bangkok, Krabi, Phangnga and Phuket would be the only places allowed to sell beer, wine and the like from Monday in line with the country’s reopening to travelers.

Earlier, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had said authorities hope to allow alcohol sales in restaurants and other locations across the country from December 1 as the country gears up for the New Year celebrations.

The coastal city of Pattaya is now in danger of losing a lead to competing with other tourist provinces, although the city is one of the main destinations in the country for foreigners, Boon-anant believes.

He also stated that the number of Covid infections in Pattaya was less than in Bangkok, but the alcohol ban will be lifted there. In addition, the spread of the virus in Chonburi province was mostly concentrated in factory clusters outside Pattaya, he added.

Chonburi province registered 382 new infections yesterday, the provincial public health agency reported. With 90, Sri Racha district had the newest infections, while Bang Lamung, where Pattaya is located, registered “only” 48.

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