The Pattaya Marine Business Committee gathered yesterday, May 7th, to devise rough guidelines for marine business operators to follow in order to legally reopen floating bay restaurants as well as jet ski services, parasailing, and other marine activities.
TPN notes that some marine businesses have been “open” unofficially lately, although the Thai government views many of the restaurants on the bay as entertainment-style venues, which due to Covid-19 regulations are actually not currently legally reopened yet.
Mr. Pramote Tubtim, the city manager, presided over a meeting at the Pattaya City Hall to lay out the standard principles for conducting marine business with several relevant individuals attending the meeting such as bay restaurant owners and jet skis and tugboat operators.
According to the committee’s unofficial conclusion, business operators must have a berth in a designated area and attach buoys to each berth without obstructing the boat route. They must also ensure that their employees receive water safety training and keep a first-aid kit on board at all times.
The committee stressed that activities on the boats must not be detrimental to Thai culture and that shows or entertainment should be “traditional Thai style shows”, which legally cuts out ideas for large “party-style” boats.
There have been previous concerns over some of the shows and entertainment offered on floating restaurants, notes TPN media, such as having bikini-clad dancers or live DJs, which officials feel is “not traditional.”
Regarding the environment, they must prepare wastewater and trash containers and transport them to the shore for disposal.
All of the current proposals are waiting for approval from Chonburi superior authorities, including the Governor, as of press time.