Twenty people have been arrested last night (May 17th) at a restaurant in Pattaya for allegedly selling and drinking alcohol inside the venue, on the first day after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in Chonburi which allowed dine-in at local restaurants after a two-week closure.
You can read more about the lifting of restrictions on dine-in below:
At 11:00 P.M. last night a team of Pattaya Police and Banglamung district officers raided a restaurant called ‘Saewana’ in Banglamung on orders from Mr. Wuttisak Singhadecho, Banglamung Sheriff. They arrested 20 people which also included an Indian national.
Officers told The Pattaya News that they found customers were drinking alcohol which was being served in glasses while alcohol bottles were hidden in the back of the restaurant.
All twenty people arrested are facing charges with offending the Chonburi Disease Control order in which alcohol sales are strictly prohibited at restaurants. The owner of the restaurant, who wasn’t immediately named by police, will also be facing numerous legal charges related to the incident. Under stiff rules implemented by the Emergency Decree, those being charged could face fines of tens of thousands of baht and/or prison time.
A Pattaya police officer, Chainarong Chaiin, confirmed that there would be zero tolerance for customers as well as the owner, as the information around alcohol bans at restaurants and closure of bars and entertainment venues had been made very clear through both official communication channels and the associated press.
The current rules and restrictions in Chonburi are below:
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