Pattaya police report “restaurant” manager arrested for allegedly violating Covid-19 rules

Pattaya –

Police arrested a “restaurant” manager last night (February 7th) in Pattaya for allegedly breaking Covid-19 rules and violating the current closing time, according to statements given to TPN media.

The Pattaya City Police reports they have arrested a man named only as Mr. Krit, 40, who is a manager of ‘Siri Cafe and Food’ in the Nongprue sub-district. It was not clear what the exact hour of the raid was with Pattaya police only saying it was after the legal closing time.

He is facing charges of selling alcohol without a permit and opening his venue past the current legal closing time of 11:00 P.M.

The current 11 P.M. closing time is a nationwide direction from the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration for “BLUE” zones that are allowed to sell alcohol at “restaurants”. The focus is primarily on venues that are former bars or entertainment venues and have been given permission to convert to “restaurants”. Restaurants not serving alcohol may close at their normal time, although must stop serving alcohol completely at 11PM.

TPN media notes that we have had reports of some proper restaurant owners claiming that they are still being told to close at 11 PM as well and notes that according to Pattaya Police they are focused on venues that “look” like bars, pubs, clubs, or entertainment venues, with socializing and drinking the focus over eating. Unfortunately, this means that mileage may vary based on individual law enforcement officers.


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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.