Na Jomtien and Chonburi police announced an alcohol ban and required seating (no dancing) during the 2022 Creamfields Thailand in Pattaya, although organizers have yet to respond in public as of press time to the alcohol portion while confirming the seating part.
The police announcement was released today just before the event kicks off tomorrow. The event organizers, however, have not made any response to this announcement, neither confirming nor denying the statement. Some unconfirmed reports on social media, however, state Na Jomtien officials had originally informed the organizers on April 20th of these restrictions but they had only been further highlighted after police made social media reminders this morning.
According to the post by Na Jomtien and Chonburi Police, the order is to comply with Chonburi Communicable Disease Committee order No. 143/2564 dated December 1, 64 on urgent measures to prevent the crisis caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or disease. Despite easings of restrictions, this order remains legally still in effect.
However, the organizer did just confirm that they will require all audiences to stay in a designated seat to comply with the COVID-19 regulations but did not comment on any potential alcohol ban. They said people could “dance at their seats”. This caused widespread criticisms on Creamfields Thailand’s Facebook page as the announcement came so abruptly, and many reportedly asked for refunds.
The stricter rules are on top of the event already announcing weeks ago strict vaccination and Covid-19 testing requirements, as well as a mask mandate.
The event, with many major sponsors and organizers, has been planned for months but Thailand has not yet formally made Covid-19 endemic and lifted/eased many restrictions like outdoor mask mandates or legally opening bars and nightclubs (with more easing in June and July, bars open legally in some provinces on June 1st).
TPN notes that Fedde Le Grand, a renowned Dutch DJ, and producer, has recently canceled his performance on the Creamfields stage because he is infected with Covid-19.
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