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 roughly in order of publication.
This week, we cover the second week of SEPTEMBER 2020, from Sunday, September 6th, 2020 to Saturday, September 12th, 2020.
Let’s get into the top stories from this week LAST year!
1. Pattaya begins to pick up over weekends, holidays as weekly events drive business
Unfortunately, a year later, things are much worse than last year due to ongoing Covid-19 infections and a current five-month ongoing closure of the entertainment industry. Last year, despite closed borders, by comparison, was bright.
2. Pro-democracy protest leaders released from prison
A year later they are back in jail and bail requests continue to be denied even as protests continue outside.
3. New central business district planned for Bali Hai Pier
Due to Covid-19, this remains a preliminary pre-proposal and won’t likely seriously get into discussion until 2022-2023.
4. Thai Government prohibits selling and promoting alcohol online, effective from December
This did go into effect and remains in effect. Of note, however, with alcohol banned at restaurants nationwide and bars/nightlife closed for over five months now due to Covid-19 restrictions, the alcohol and beverage industry continues to plead with the government to either repeal this law or take a temporary “break” on it. However, these pleas appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
5. 160 million baht Pattaya Beach renovation to be started by end of the year (2020)
It actually started a few weeks ago (according to Pattaya City officials, was delayed due to Covid-19) and was immediately met with protests by local residents upset with the removal of older, larger trees. Since then, the Pattaya Mayor has agreed not to remove any more trees and has adjusted the plan. This plan is set to take place over the next year and adds more parking, bathrooms, seating, exercise areas, landscaping, and other items.