Seven people, composed of three foreigners and four Thai nationals, were arrested last night (July 29th) near Jomtien beach during the mandatory Covid-19 curfew time of 9:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M.
Here, first, is a video version of this story:
A team from the Chonburi Provincial Police led by Colonel Maykawit Praditphon and the Pattaya City Police set up a nighttime checkpoint and were patrolling along Jomtien beach around 10:00 P.M.
Seven people in total failed to present a permission document to prove that they were allowed outside their accommodation during curfew time. They were taken to The Pattaya City Police Station for further processing. Penalties for this violation could include stiff fines and even potential jail time under strict Covid-19 emergency decrees and communicable disease acts.
Colonel Maykawit warned, “We still have many new and confirmed Covid -19 cases every day. Please follow the law and stay at home during the curfew time of 9:00 P.M. until 4:00 A.M. If you need permission to be out overnight you can apply for a permit at the Banglamung District Office on Sukhimwit road during business hours. If one has a true emergency medical reason to leave the home, of course, they may also travel, but it must be a valid emergency. The seven arrested this evening were mostly “hanging out” or driving around out of boredom, which is not an emergency.”
TPN media notes that the overnight curfew is designed primarily to discourage people from gathering and socializing, especially around alcohol and parties.
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