Feature: Last week this year in Thailand and Pattaya news: Curfews lifted, restrictions eased, musicians plead to be able to go back to work

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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 THIRD week of JUNE 2020, from Sunday, June 14th, 2020 to Saturday, June 20th, 2020. They are roughly in order of publication.

1. Pattaya Police enforce no drinking on local beaches

Yes, we were doing this last year too. Technically, drinking alcohol on beaches has been banned for a long, long time well before Covid-19 but has generally only been enforced during Covid-19 restrictions as Pattaya is a tourist resort and is often “relaxed” around many policies.

Pattaya Police enforce no drinking on local beaches and public areas

2.  Thai national curfew ends

Well, at least this year we didn’t have a curfew.

Thai National Curfew ends, but authorities warn on having gatherings, parties or breaking strict alcohol rules

3.  Thailand enters Phase Four of unlocking restrictions around Covid-19

This year there is no phased approach like last year although restrictions overall have been less. However, bars and entertainment venues, one of Pattaya’s biggest attractions, remain closed nationally.

Phase Four of Thailand’s unlocking closed businesses and restrictions starts today

4.  South Pattaya roadwork begins, six-month timeframe estimated

As most are aware, the six-month timeframe stretched on, with officials blaming “Covid-19” and contractor related issues for the length of the project.

Major South Pattaya Road construction begins, six month timeframe of a one way road expected

5.  Pattaya Police warn restaurants about becoming bars

Currently, in Chonburi, restaurants cannot sell alcohol either, however, this shows why allowing some venues to sell but not others cause problems and why many believe that at least small open-air bars should also be allowed to open.

Pattaya Police warn: If your primary business is selling alcohol or violating social distancing you will be shut, restaurant license or not

6.  Woman arrested and accused of cutting off her fathers’ genitals in Bangkok

This was a big story last year even amid all the Covid-19 news.

28 year old female suspect arrested and accused of killing her father, cutting off his genitals in Bangkok

7.  Thai musicians plead with the Thai government to allow them to return to work

Could we see the same this year? Musicians were a major factor in finally convincing the government to release closure orders against entertainment venues, reminding them that the entertainment industry in Thailand is much larger and diverse than just the red-light industry.

Thai Musicians plead to the government to re-open live entertainment style venues so they can work

8.  Why we cover traffic accidents

A good reminder from a popular editorial last year.

Editorial: Why we cover Pattaya traffic accidents

That is it for this week, thank you for your support and for reading TPN media!

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