Pattaya’s bar, tourism and entertainment venue operators held a rally earlier this week pleading with the CCSA to reopen their venues ahead of the big Pattaya New Year’s Festival and Countdown.
This important meeting was held at Pattaya City Hall the day before yesterday and was led by the President of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association Boonanan Pattanasin, Wuttisak Singhadaecho, the Banglamung District Chief, and Lisa Hamilton (representative of the Jomtien Bar and Restaurant Owners Association), Pattaya and Chonburi senior law enforcement officials, including the new Pattaya Police Commissioner, Colonel Kullachart Kullachai, Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume, Chonburi health officials, Chonburi provincial officials, and the representatives of multiple tourism and business-related associations from almost every business sector in Pattaya representing more than eight different tourism-related organizations.
Boonanan stated at the meeting: “Under the current rules, only restaurants with SHA+ certification (safety and health administration certification, which requires several substantial steps) are allowed to sell alcohol from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 5 p.m. 11 pm, they must be removed from restaurants by midnight. If restaurants do not follow these rules, they will be ordered by the police to close their businesses.”
“We have continued to ask the CCSA (Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration) for the legal reopening of bars and entertainment venues before New Year as there will be many tourists visiting Pattaya.
Local media noted that the closures of bars and entertainment venues are a national-level order, with the CCSA previously stating they will be considered nationally in mid-January)
The bars, pubs and related “wet” establishments in Pattaya are still prohibited from selling alcohol despite some members in the Facebook group Olleke Bolleke in Thailand believing that this is allowed. According to social media reports, many a bar in Soi Buakhao in Pattaya seems to sell liquor,
The coastal city of Pattaya has been hosting major events every weekend since Nov. 1, and there has been no sign of an increase in Covid19 infections in the area, despite tens of thousands of domestic tourists visiting every weekend and many events, such as the fireworks festival, being highly successful, it said. Boonanan Pattanasin’s plea.
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