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 JULY 2020, from Sunday, July 12th, 2020 to Saturday, July 18th, 2020. They are roughly in order of publication.
1. Entertainment venue owners want to move closing times to 2:00 A.M.
This never happened, unfortunately. And now, entertainment venues have been closed for three and a half months with no end in sight. Prior to Covid-19, due to Pattaya’s status as a special administrative zone, the closing time for venues was often well into the early morning depending on the location. However, at least officially, the closing time became midnight during Covid-19 for the most part. When things eventually reopen many venue owners will want to go back to pre-2020
for closing times as well.
2. Egyptian soldier testing positive for Covid-19 causes major concern
Remember this story and the panic over ONE case last year? Now, look where we are a year later.
3. Pattaya Mayor addresses flooding issues, says several pumps need to be repaired
Yes, last year this was an issue too. It wasn’t just Covid that was still a year-over-year problem.
4. Man stabbed on Pattaya Beach overnight, claims he was minding his own business
A man out at 5:00 A.M. was stabbed in the buttocks by what he claimed was an unknown person and also claimed he was “minding his own business” when it happened. Police were not sure they believed the story and a year later, this “major crime” was never solved 🙂
5. Leading Thai doctor predicts another wave of Covid-19 if the country relaxes border restrictions
Well, it turns out, he may have been right, as porous land borders are widely believed to be a major reason Thailand is in the situation it is in. Not, however, international tourists who went through quarantine and proper processes. However, he wasn’t right with everything, as he also thought the pandemic would have been finished by now globally. That is one we would have liked him to be correct about.
That is all for this week! Stay safe and thanks for your support as always!