TWO popular pubs in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) province were shut down for five years today (May 23) after blatantly flouting coronavirus rules by continuing to serve customers behind closed doors, Amarin TV said this after
This province’s governor, Mr. Wichian Chantaranothai, sent in a joint team of police officers and municipality officials to raid six pubs, with these being Baan Farang, Box Bar, Thawin, Arai, Bor Kor Sor in Soi 30 Kanya and U-Bar or Pegasus Pub, located on Mitraphab-Nong Khai Road.
Two of them, Box Bar and U-Bar, were found to have violated the Covid control measures.
When the team of policemen and officials arrived they saw that U-Bar had switched off the lights up front but within it was still open for service with there being a music performance and lots of customers drinking and dancing. The owner was slapped with charges of staying open and selling alcohol beyond the time specified by law and violating the emergency decree and orders issued by the Nakhon Ratchasima Communicable Disease Committee on prevention and control of the spread of Covid-19.
Meanwhile Box Bar, which was open beyond the legal time limit, was densely packed with customers. Caught drinking alcohol were thirty patrons under the age of 20, 14 male and 16 female. The owner was charged with selling alcohol to minors and running a pub without a permit.
Nakhon Ratchasima District Court later ruled that the two defendants had committed offenses as charged and ordered both pubs shut for five years from May 21, 2021 to May 20, 2026.
Top: Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Wichian, right, and one of the two pubs shut for five years, left. Photo: Amarin TV