Chonburi province will, as of Sunday, April 18th, officially become one of 18 provinces that is designated as a red zone in Thailand, which means the highest controlled zone for Covid-19 measures.
The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume addressed the status change and told The Pattaya News and associated Thai media this afternoon, “The number of confirmed Covid–19 cases in Chonburi is in the top five highest number of cases in the country.”
“Five rules that provinces in the red zone must follow are restaurants must close at 9:00 P.M. and serving alcohol is not allowed, the closure of all entertainment venues like bars and nightclubs which are a main feature of Pattaya City, shopping malls can open but playing zones, arcades, etc. are not allowed and the mall must close by 9:00 P.M., the closure of educational places and schools, and finally places for exercising can be opened but must limit the number of people and reduce their hours, closing at 9:00 P.M. Additionally, supermarkets and convenience stores like 7-11 must be closed between 11:00 P.M. and 4:00 A.M. in red zones, effective as of Sunday, April 18th. There is no curfew, however.” The mayor stated.
“However, we are participating in meetings with the Chonburi Governor to discuss the potential for further Covid -19 measures for Chonburi. Already, we made the decision previously as a province to close cinemas. We may have to take more Covid-19 related measures to control the situation.” The mayor said, without specifically addressing what those measures might be.
“The Pattaya Music Festival scheduled for May has been postponed, the same as other similar festivals that cannot limit the number of people. We are also going to cancel the majority of the traditional Wan Lai events (Songkran) we had scheduled for April 19th as they involve pouring water on monks and the elderly and that is a risky activity at the present time. They would also involve groups of larger than 50 people which is another measure set by the Thai government to control activity in red zones.” The mayor explained.
“However, the kite on beach event from April 9th to April 19th will continue as the event is at an open place as well as the Food Culture Business Exhibition (Connext) located in front of Central Festival. Both of these events will follow strict social distancing rules and require masks at all times. As they are outdoor events with plenty of space the chance of any spread of Covid-19 is remote according to the Chonburi Department of Public Health.” The mayor concluded.
The Pattaya News notes that the Jet Ski World Cup, scheduled for next weekend, was not specifically discussed but as it is an outdoor event on Jomtien Beach in the ocean the event is likely to continue, with reduced (to no) fans and with less “street” activities.
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