Take a look back to this week last year: Alcohol sales ban reversed, police arrests for curfew and beach socializing violations, and more…

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The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in national and Thailand news.

This weekly feature takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, following up on the progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place as promised in Pattaya and Thailand.

As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance, however, are in order of publication. This week, we cover the FIFTH week of April 2020, from Sunday, April 26th, 2020 to Saturday, May 2nd, 2020. They are in order of publication.

1. Pattaya Police arrest over a dozen curfew violators

Although things this year are tough as well with many restrictions and rules in place to stop a new round of Covid-19, last year we had a curfew and Pattaya Police were taking a hard stance on it.

Pattaya Police deliver stern warning to those who violate the National Thai Curfew as fourteen arrested

2.  Thailand Disaster Response Team removes hundreds of people from mingling on local beaches

A year later, unfortunately, once again police have started patrolling local beaches ensuring people are only exercising and not socializing or mingling.

Thailand Disaster Response Team removes hundreds from popular Jomtien Beach, closes area

3.  Pattaya police arrest 12 Thais, 11 foreigners for mingling and violating emergency decree at parks and beaches

Hopefully, this level of enforcement is not needed this year.

Pattaya Police arrest 12 Thais and eleven foreigners for violating Emergency Decree to stay out of public areas such as beaches and parks

4.  Foreign man accused of allegedly murdering a Thai woman with a machete in Pattaya

This was a big story last year. It is unclear what happened after the original story despite many newspapers and media, including Irish media, attempting to get more information but with both Thai and foreign police remaining tight-lipped about what happened to the suspect after his arrest and accusations.

Foreign man accused of murdering Thai woman with machete under the influence of drugs and alcohol in Pattaya

Foreign man officially charged with murder of Thai woman in Pattaya, performs re-enactment

5.  Facing significant public backlash, Thailand reverses alcohol sales ban

The most unpopular of last year’s Covid-19 rules, hopefully, it does not make a return this year.

Thai Government appears to reverse position on National alcohol sales ban according to order in Royal Gazette

That is all for this week, as always, thank you for your support.

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