Pattaya city officials give survival bags to unemployed musicians who continue to push for reopening of Pattaya’s entertainment and nightlife sector

Pattaya –

Pattaya City officials have given 55 sets of survival bags to musicians who are still out of work during the Covid -19 crisis.

The president of the Pattaya Music Association Mr. Banjong Bantoonprayuk had previously filed a request with Pattaya City to help members of the association. The members are musicians who used to work in entertainment venues in Pattaya which are now closed and have been since early April of this year, with no direct end in sight to the mandated Covid-19 closures. Nearly all the musicians in the association are still unemployed, noted Banjong.

TPN media notes that restaurants are allowed to have musicians and entertainment with rules, however, according to Banjong, most restaurants are not hiring either as alcohol sales, even at restaurants, remain banned in Pattaya which as a result is leading to restaurant owners deciding having musicians is not cost-effective until the alcohol ban is lifted.

Yesterday, (November 24th), Pattaya City Mayor Banlue Kunlawanich gave 55 sets of survival bags to musicians. Inside the bag were dried foods which were five kilograms of rice, fish cans, noodles, and face masks.

Banlue stated that the city and the Mayor, Sonthaya Khunplume, were still working hard on finding a compromise and getting the enormously unpopular alcohol ban and closure of Pattaya’s economically important nightlife and bar industry lifted, which heavily impacts Pattaya’s tourism industry. However, the ban comes from the National Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, and relevant provincial public health authorities who continue to debate the intricacies of any such plan to lift the ban with Chonburi and Pattaya officials.

Reference articles, and a video, are below:

Pattaya City helps out musicians still out of work due to closures of the entertainment industry-Video story

Pattaya City helps out musicians still out of work due to closures of the entertainment industry-Video story


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Goong 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 three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi, and Phuket, 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.