13 teenagers arrested for allegedly breaking Covid-19 emergency decree rules by holding a house party at a resort in the Pattaya area

Banglamung

Thirteen teenagers were arrested at a house party at a resort in Nongprue yesterday (June 13th).

The Nongprue Police were notified of the party at a house in a luxury resort on Thung Klom Tan Man Road just before midnight. The complaint about the party came from a concerned citizen who reportedly told police they were afraid the private gathering could spread the Covid-19 coronavirus to the local community.

Police arrived at the pool villa where they proceeded to arrest 13 teenagers who were reportedly found gathering, socializing, and drinking alcohol with loud music. Under current Emergency Decree and Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee rules, holding any sort of social gathering for the purpose of partying or drinking alcohol is against current orders and holds stiff legal penalties including the threat of substantial fines or even jail time.

The thirteen teenagers were taken to the Nongprue Police station for further processing and to contact their parents. The Banglamung Public heath office had also conducted Covid -19 testing with them and was waiting for results.

At this stage, police said the group of thirteen teenagers is facing charges of offending the emergency decree and the disease control order for gathering which is due to concerns around having many people in a small place during the Covid – 19 pandemic. Additionally, the group will be fined for consumption and possession of alcohol for those below the legal drinking age.

This morning, (June 14th) Nongprue police told the associated Thai press the group of teenagers was bailed for 20,000 baht each while police have already sent the report to the Chonburi Provincial Court for a future hearing. The results of the Covid-19 tests conducted were not immediately made available to the Thai press.

The names of the youth were withheld due to editorial policy as they are minors.

Photo credit: Channel 7

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