The following is a weekly feature article looking at this same time period LAST year in Pattaya and Thailand news.
This weekly feature takes a look back at news from the same period last year (and sometimes different time windows, such as six months or three months) to see how things have changed, follow up on the progression of stories, as well as look at potentially broken promises or things that didn’t take place as promised in Pattaya and Thailand.
As we publish dozens of stories a week this is a quick way for people to take a look at what the biggest stories were a year ago, as chosen by our editorial team, and how they impact us today and relate to current news. They are in no particular order of importance, however, are roughly in order of publication.
This week, we cover the fifth week of April 2021, from Sunday, April 25th, 2021, to Saturday, May 1st, 2021.
1. Homeless population rising in Pattaya as Covid-19 restrictions and closures bite
Things have improved versus last year but many people are still suffering from problems due to Covid-19 related closures.
2. Police raid private parties, restaurants, illegally opened bars in Pattaya
As Covid-19 regulations last year prohibited sales of alcohol at restaurants and made bars close, raids were steady and regular throughout the area, including private parties.
3. Prime Minister fined 6000 baht for not wearing a mask at a meeting
Contrary to belief, there IS a mandate for mask-wearing in all public areas still, including outside, and yes, you can be fined under emergency decree laws. It isn’t a “law” per se, but a special mandate.
4. School opening postponed due to Covid-19 fears
They would stay closed most of the year in most areas and some even extending into this year.
5. Covid-19 measures tighten even further as cases rise
For the second year in a row, people found themselves in basically a nightmare. However, this year things are (finally) easing.
6. Famous Thai comedian passes away from Covid-19
7. Restaurants close for dine-in for “two weeks” in Pattaya and other “dark red” zones.
This would, unfortunately, last several months.
That is all for this week, as we look back at a VERY difficult week for Pattaya. Thankfully, it is much better this year.