32 Thais and foreigners arrested in Pattaya for allegedly drinking alcohol, smoking shisha, and violating Covid-19 measures

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32 Thais and foreigners have been arrested in a Pattaya raid while allegedly drinking alcohol and smoking shisha and related products at a bar and restaurant that Pattaya police stated was violating the current Thai emergency decree to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

A team from the Pattaya City Police led by Major Chainarong Chainn raided the ‘Sky Mountain’ bar and restaurant at 11:30 P.M. last night, May 27th, following a tip from a concerned citizen. 32 Thais and foreigners were reportedly found drinking alcohol, socializing and mingling, and using shisha and similar smoking devices.

Of those 32 people, 24 of them were Thai customers and staff, a manager, and seven foreigners. They were all arrested and taken to the Pattaya City Police Station on Soi 9.

The arrest follows Pattaya police being notified from local concerned citizens as they were reportedly concerned about the Covid -19 situation and chance of the virus potentially spreading.

All arrested customers are facing charges of offending the Chonburi disease control order that prohibits gathering, mingling, and drinking alcohol in groups. The manager, who wasn’t named, is also facing charges of offending the Chonburi disease control order in addition to allowing drinking of alcohol in a restaurant (currently against the law), as well as illegally operating a business (including past the current legal closing time of 11:00 P.M. in Chonburi) and illegally selling shisha and related smoking products.

Shisha has been illegal well before Covid-19, notes the Pattaya News.

Pattaya City Police will also partner with Banglamung district officials to consider closing measures against the venue and to identify the owner of the business.

Under the current emergency decree measures in effect in Thailand, strict penalities that could range in the tens of thousands of baht and/or jail time could be applied to all of those arrested, including the customers, last night. Mingling, socializing, and gathering in public, especially with people not from one’s own household and alcohol, remain against the current Chonburi communicable disease orders that remain in effect until further notice.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on two years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket except when commuting between the two.