Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?

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The following is our weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and get their insight and opinions. We then share their feedback a week later and pick a variety of diverse and interesting responses.

This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central government and not by the governor or locally.

  You can read more about the new rules and restrictions, which basically shuts down all non-essential business as well as brings in a mandatory overnight curfew and more road checkpoints, here.

We want to know what you think about this move. Do you think this will help resolve the situation? Do you think more financial aid is needed for businesses that have been closed as a result of the order? (Or ones already closed, such as the entertainment and nightlife industry that has been shut for over three and a half months.) Is this move a solid one based on the rise in cases, in your opinion, or a distraction to avoid the fact that vaccine allocation to Chonburi has been very low?  How long do you think the new measures will last?  What is the path out of what seems like never-ending restrictions with no end in sight?

  This comes as protests ramp up in both Bangkok and even locally here in Pattaya, as you see here.

Reaction on comments on social media has been nearly universally negative to the changes, but we want to hear what YOU have to say. Tell us on our social media channels, in the comments below, or if you prefer your comment to be private mail us at Pattayanewseditor@gmail.com. We will publish the results and select a variety of diverse responses early next week!  
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