Hello Pattaya News Readers and Supporters!
The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area, Pattaya and Chonburi, for the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.
These are chosen and curated 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, April 18th, 2021, to Saturday, April 24th, 2021.
Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!
1. New Covid-19 restrictions start in Chonburi and Pattaya
Well, you likely all know this by now, but this did start last week for “two weeks.” Despite Chonburi’s situation seemingly improving, Bangkok and a few other provinces have not and it appears that the “two-week” red-zone closures may last a while yet. As a side-note, there have yet to be any final announcements from the government on definitive aid for force closed businesses or those, like most in Pattaya, suffering from lack of domestic tourism.
2. 11-year-old boy helps his family by selling corn during the Covid-19 crisis
This “feel-good” story got lots of reads and shares last week and we wanted to share it again as during the current times everyone needs some news of people trying to make the best out of a difficult situation.
3. For the second year in a row Pattaya’s biggest party and busiest day, Songkran “Wan Lai” is dry and essentially canceled.
Will we see the biggest party in Pattaya’s yearly calendar return next year? Many business owners (and those who enjoy partying) hope yes, although a fair number of our readers who aren’t into the event or getting wet hope it stays quiet for another year. Regardless of where you stand, the loss of Songkran “fun events” overall country-wide is in the billions…and billions…of Thai baht to the economy.
4. Massage shop owners protest force closure orders, ask to open or for financial aid
As of press time, neither of their requests has been met. They claim (which seems to be backed up by daily Covid-19 timelines released by the Chonburi Public Health Department) that there is no sign of massage shops being a major spreader of Covid-19.
5. Pattaya Police warn restaurants-no alcohol sales, they are watching
In case you had not heard, there is currently a ban on selling alcohol for dine-in at local restaurants. This is, according to Chonburi officials, meant to discourage people from gathering at restaurants.
6. Honda LPGA will take place in Pattaya, but no fans
Golf fans will be pleased that the Honda LPGA tour in Pattaya will take place but not so happy to find out that no fans, even with social distancing, will be allowed.
7. Cobra Gold to proceed in August says US Embassy, thousands of US soldiers to come without quarantine?
Things can change very quickly currently due to Covid-19 but as of now, the US Embassy is planning to let thousands of US soldiers, all vaccinated, tested negative for Covid-19, and having spent several weeks at sea essentially at quarantine, visit Pattaya in August. Even with all the precautions, some people remain concerned on social media.
8. Watch out for fake Covid-19 timelines!
Several fake timelines, according to Pattaya City officials, have been going around falsely naming businesses and places as having Covid-19 cases. Officials have warned people to not fall for these social media shared timelines as they are not real and only follow official or reputable sources.
9. Banglamung police inspect the Naklua area after reports of prostitution, find nothing.
We suppose this doesn’t need much commentary.
10. Police breaking up groups of people drinking and socializing on area beaches
Due to Covid-19, socializing, drinking circles, parties, eating in large groups, and similar behaviors are banned on area beaches. Technically, they are only supposed to be for exercising according to Chonburi officials. Alcohol has been banned from beaches for many years but very rarely enforced, however, due to Covid-19 is now more prominent.
That is all for this week. As always, thank you so much for your support, and have a very safe and blessed week ahead.