Curfew ends in Pattaya on a quiet Halloween day, police vow to crack down on public drinking especially overnight

Pattaya –

The curfew in Pattaya and Chonburi province officially ended last night October 31st, 2021 on a quiet Halloween Day after a three-and-a-half-month overnight curfew of varying hours.

The curfew had originally gone into effect on July 20th of this year and although it had reduced in hours over time was still very unpopular. According to the Ministry of Public Health Officials, the curfew was designed to discourage parties and gatherings overnight while the country (and province) rolled out a wide vaccination program against Covid-19.

Some reference articles in regards to the curfew, article continues below:

Curfew finally ends in Pattaya after 3-and-a-half months, Happy Halloween

Unfortunately, despite the lifting of the curfew, a much-criticized alcohol ban stays at restaurants and bars, nightlife, and entertainment venues stay closed in Chonburi and Pattaya. Pattaya specifically is well-known for its normally vibrant night-time economy and is the third most vaccinated place in Thailand currently. However, Chonburi officials state Covid-19 rules for this sector are “in development” and they hope to be able to relaunch this sector in the future, without a specific date given.

Chonburi Governor releases new Covid-19 orders: Alcohol ban at restaurants/nightlife stays

On the bright side, convenience stores, markets, supermarkets, and other types of grocery stores can open 24 hours again. Restaurants and most venues, however, must close by 11:00 P.M. still and 24-hour restaurants are still not allowed at this point as Chonburi is still considered a “red” zone for Covid-19 cases by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA.  This is, however, an improvement from previously being considered “deep red” which was the strictest classification for provinces available and is based on a variety of factors, not just cases.

Acting Police Chief Colonel Maykawit Praditphon has ordered the Pattaya City Police to continue patrolling around the city overnight, specifically to stop people from drinking alcohol in groups in public areas which is also part of the recent Chonburi orders. He warned that despite the curfew expiring gathering around alcohol in groups was still against Covid-19 regulations, especially in public areas, as were throwing parties or similar social events. With bars, nightlife, and clubs closed police were focusing efforts on local markets, beaches, and similar areas to stop potential violations of the law, according to Colonel Maykawit.

The city and Pattaya beach are still quiet even though there is no curfew, driven by the lack of a night-time economy legally able to open and sharp-eyed law enforcement watching for possible parties on beaches or at parks.

Video News: A spooky Halloween marks the end of curfew in Pattaya and the reopening of the city to tourists

Meanwhile, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Pattaya held a small Halloween event at the Royal Garden Plaza. There were many games for kids, Halloween makeup from makeup artists, and special shows.

A video look at Halloween in Pattaya at Ripley’s Backyard Halloween in Royal Garden Mall

Adults and kids both reportedly enjoyed the event last night. Ripley’s was also giving special tickets to be used at future dates to welcome tourists and visitors back to their amusement attractions. Unfortunately, the popular haunted house and other attractions were still closed due to Covid-19 restrictions but the staff managed to bring the atmosphere of the haunted house to the ground floor of Royal Garden successfully.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.