Feature: Last year this week in Thailand news: Deja Vu remains a year later with beach and pool restrictions and Covid-19 measures


The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in Pattaya 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 SECOND week of May 2020, from Sunday, May 10th, 2020 to Saturday, May 16th, 2020. They are roughly in order of publication.

1. Large group of curfew-breakers attack shopkeeper and his staff because he would not sell alcohol

Ah, the days of curfew and alcohol sale bans last year. Although the situation this year due to Covid-19 is still difficult, this was a reminder that last year was also, with a curfew still in place at this time.

Large group of curfew breakers allegedly attack shopkeeper, his family and car after refusing to sell alcohol during curfew in Pattaya area

2.  Pools remain closed, say CCSA spokesman

Deja Vu?  Pools are now a provincial level restriction and although currently banned and closed in Chonburi many hope for a lifting of this ban in the near future.

Pools, including condo pools, to remain closed until further notice says CCSA Spokesman

3.  Complaints rise around beach closures, authorities insist they will stay shut

Deja Vu again, although like pools, there is a chance the Governor of Chonburi reopens them next week for usage as it is a provincial-level restriction currently.

Pattaya area beaches remain closed despite large amount of complaints from local residents

4.  44 people arrested at an illegal pool party in Pattaya

This was a major story in Pattaya last year and drew a lot of discussions. Parties and gatherings for social reasons remain banned this year due to Covid-19, a year later during the same time period.

Pattaya Police bust large pool party and arrest 44 people for violation of Covid-19 emergency decree and breaking curfew

5.  Foreign tourists and Thai nationals punished on Koh Tao for not wearing masks

A year later, Phuket is doing the same thing as we covered earlier today.

Koh Tao authorities punish foreign tourists and Thais for not wearing masks with push ups and jumping jacks

6.  As dine-in reopens in Chonburi this week, here is what was opening last year at the same time

Who would have thought a year later we would still be putting in place and easing restrictions around Covid-19?

Complete list of currently announced venues and businesses allowed to re-open this upcoming Sunday in Thailand

  That is all for this week, hope you enjoy the weekly glance, unfortunately despite the Deja Vu, at what took place last year!

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Mr. Adam Judd is the Co-owner of TPN Media since December 2017. He is originally from Washington D.C., America, but has also lived in Dallas, Sarasota, and Portsmouth. His background is in retail sales, HR, and operations management, and has written about news and Thailand for many years. He has lived in Pattaya for over nine years as a full-time resident, is well known locally and been visiting the country as a regular visitor for over a decade. His full contact information, including office contact information, can be found on our Contact Us page below. Stories please e-mail Editor@ThePattayanews.com About Us: https://thepattayanews.com/about-us/ Contact Us: https://thepattayanews.com/contact-us/