73 people facing charges of allegedly violating the emergency decree for Covid-19 during a Pattaya nightclub inspection

Pattaya, Chonburi –

The Pattaya City Police inspected a pub/nightclub in Pattaya early yesterday morning in which 73 people were arrested and are now facing multiple charges including allegedly offending the emergency decree to control the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

The Pattaya City Police Chief Colonel Pisit Poonsub explained to The Pattaya News at a press meeting this morning, “After midnight yesterday, (February 19th) patrol police found that a pub in Soi Korpai was still opened with lots of people inside. Closing time in Pattaya for entertainment venues is currently 11:00 P.M.”

“More Pattaya City Police went to the pub after a call from the patrol who identified the apparent violation and 73 people including the pub owner were arrested. No illegal drugs or other illegal items were found with them. They were taken to the Pattaya City Police Station.”

“The owner is facing charges of operating an entertainment venue without a permit, selling alcohol and cigarettes without a permit, offending the emergency decree to control the Covid-19 coronavirus, and violating the Chonburi disease control orders.”

“Other people arrested, including the customers, are facing charges of offending the emergency decree and the Chonburi disease control order.”

“All suspects are allowed to be bailed out by law. However, their cases are being sent to the Pattaya City general prosecutor following normal procedures.”

“Additionally, we are working on a legal suggestion with the district of Banglamung for a long-term closing order for the nightclub.” The police chief concluded.

Under the emergency decree, gathering and violating orders like social distancing or mask-wearing can bring high fines and jail time.

The Pattaya Police Chief also warned entertainment venue owners they would continue to strictly enforce the legal closing time in Pattaya during the current Covid-19 situation.

The name of the nightclub was withheld due to the ongoing legal investigation.

Story by The Pattaya News


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.