Chonburi Police, together with Pattaya City Police, operated a night inspection at entertainment venues in the Pattaya area last night, March 6th, in order to prevent the illegal opening hours later than the time specified by the current Covid-19 laws as well as to monitor the use of illegal objects.
Police Colonel Mekavit Praditphol, Deputy Chief of Chonburi Police, told reporters that, from the inspection, most entertainment venues were closed at the currently specified time of no later than midnight. Only one venue was reported with suspicious illegal drugs.
A suspicious small clear bag of white powder and four similar used bags were discovered at a restroom of a popular pub, located on Petchakul Road. The identification of the substance is currently under police examination to confirm whether it was a type of illegal drug or not.
“We also inspected entertainment venues on Second Road, Walking Street, and South Pattaya, and found that all stores were closed for service at midnight. There were no customers and were only employees who are closing the store,” the Deputy Chief stated.
Due to the Covid-19 situation and an Emergency Decree, along with Chonburi province being a “yellow zone”, or high-surveillance, for the disease, midnight is the latest that entertainment venues can be open until legally. Pattaya normally has a special administrative status that allows them to stay open until much later, depending on the part of the city, due to the importance of nightlife in the city. However, this status is suspended due to the Emergency Decree and Covid-19 situation.
Police have been regularly raiding/inspecting nightclubs and venues in the area for several weeks along with several prominent arrests, as can be seen in related articles below:
Related articles of recent bar raids, primarily for being open past legal operating hours:
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