The mayoral candidate from the Pattaya Ruamjai team Sinchai discussed legal opening times, sobriety checkpoints, and more yesterday with nightlife business owners in Jomtien.
On April 7th, Mr. Sinchai Watthanasathon led the Pattaya Ruamjai team to discuss several matters raised by nightlife operators at Lisa’s Guesthouse, Jomtien, Chonburi. One of the operators was Ms. Lamphueng âLisaâ Hamilton, the chairwoman of the entertainment venue operators club who sought a new mayor to be competent in coordinating with the Thai government as well as an extension of the legal opening time to accommodate tourists.
The current legal time for closing alcohol serving venues in Pattaya (and Thailand) is 11:00 P.M. Business owners have been urging the government for months to ease this restriction, however the restriction is technically set by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration or CCSA in Bangkok.
Legally, nightlife and bars are still closed but allowed to operate as temporary converted restaurants with many rules. One of those rules is the early closing time. Business owners in Pattaya want the city to become a legal trial zone to extend closing times to what was normal before Covid19, which depending on the entertainment zone of the city was between 1:00 to 3:00 A.M. for the most part.
According to Lisa and business owners in Pattaya, 11 PM is far too early and most tourists are only getting started with their evenings at this hour.
About the sobriety checkpoints, the operators were concerned that it would impede tourists who wanted to move from Nongprue to Pattaya and created a bad image for the city. They stated the city had too many checkpoints these days and they should be streamlined and more transparent.
Lastly, the operators wanted involved authorities to provide more parking lots for foreign yachts as well.
Mr. Sinchai Watthanasathon assured that the Pattaya Ruamjai team had short-term and long-term solutions to the problems discussed. He promised to take immediate action once he got elected.
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