The Pattaya City Police raided a restaurant in Jomtien last night September 22nd, 2021, allegedly finding both foreign nationals and Thais drinking alcohol that police said violated the Chonburi Disease Control order to control the spread of Covid -19.
Additionally, under current national orders from the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, sales of alcohol in restaurants are prohibited. Bars and entertainment venues have been legally closed since April 10th, 2021, approaching six months, by CCSA mandate.
The raid followed police stating they received complaints from local residents in the area that foreigners and Thais were “secretly” gathering and drinking alcohol in a restaurant in Soi Jomtien 7 in Nongprue, Banglamung.
Police raided the restaurant, whose name has been withheld pending a further investigation, in the early evening hours. Fifteen people were arrested which were nine foreigners and six Thais including the restaurant caretaker. According to police, the group was drinking alcohol, not socially distancing or wearing masks, and disobeying the Covid-19 Chonburi orders.
All fifteen people were taken to the Pattaya City Police Station to face charges of violating the Chonburi Disease Control order. Under Emergency Decree laws to control Covid-19, those detained could face stiff fines and even jail time.
Meanwhile, the Patong police raided bars and a restaurant in Patong on September 21st, 2021 (see below for link), allegedly finding both foreign nationals and Thais drinking alcohol that Patong Police said violated the Phuket Disease Control order to control the spread of Covid -19.
The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has been cracking down nationwide in order to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus as many people are still breaking the order, according to information released following the raids in Phuket. According to the RTP, stopping people from socializing around alcohol and throwing parties is a top priority to “preventing the spread of Covid-19.” TPN notes, however, that at least in Chonburi the vast majority of Covid-19 cases are coming from industrial estates, work camps, construction camps, and large factories.