A look back at the first week of February in top local Pattaya news

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top five local stories in our area, Pattaya and Chonburi, for the past week.

These are chosen by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed as we publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article.

They are in no particular order of importance. These are from Sunday, January 7th, to Saturday, February 13th, 2021.

1. 36 people arrested at villa party in Pattaya allegedly violating Covid-19 related rules

36 people were arrested last week in Pattaya at a villa party that was raided by police after complaint phone calls came in at around 6:30 AM in the morning. The party was, according to Pattaya Police, violating strict Covid-19 related rules involving limits on gatherings and following Covid-19 precautions like wearing masks and social distancing.

Police bust pool villa birthday party and arrest 36 in Pattaya area, accused of violating Covid-19 emergency decree

2. Pattaya City bar owners want venues allowed to open until at least midnight

Currently, all bars and clubs in entertainment heavy city Pattaya are, under the orders of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, ordered closed by 11:00 P.M. This unpopular order, which business owners claim is costing them significant business, is deemed essential by the CCSA to help “discourage” lack of social distancing while under the influence of alcohol. In good news, however, the CCSA plans to review the current provincial zone codes later this week and may allow Chonburi to open later. Then again, it is no guarantee.

Pattaya entertainment venues ask Chonburi governor and CCSA to allow bars and nightlife to open until at least midnight

3. A 13-year-old-boy dies after running a red light on “his” motorbike in Pattaya.

This story drew dozens of comments and discussion around what many residents claim is a large problem with underage drivers in the area and Thailand in general. Rest in Peace.

13-year-old motorbike driver dies after allegedly driving through red light and colliding with pickup truck in Chonburi

4.  South Pattaya Road sidewalks to be repaired, says City Hall

Well, we will wait and see if it happens, but it is good to see they have acknowledged there is a problem according to local residents.

Conditions of sidewalks on South Pattaya Tai made a top priority to fix by Pattaya City Hall

5.  Pattaya to become “world-class” and join other popular tourist cities like Dubai, Singapore, and Miami.

Well, another we will see what happens. Here is the article however and the big plans the Mayor has in store for the city.

Pattaya Mayor plans to make Pattaya a world class tourist city like Dubai, Singapore, and Miami after Covid-19

Bonus:

This was a busy week so here are a few other stories to check out if you missed them, without commentary:

Pattaya Thais and foreigners file police reports claiming to have lost millions of baht in alleged online investment scams

No private companies or local governments can purchase Covid-19 vaccinations for local distribution at this time, says Thai Public Health Minister

Chonburi cancels closure order overnight for convenience stores

Pattaya City planning to build two massive almost fifteen foot tall dolphin statues at Dolphin Roundabout as new landmark

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