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Farang barflies nabbed In lockdowned Pattaya

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

NEARLY A DOZEN FARANG males were arrested for allegedly drinking alcoholic beverages at a Pattaya bar despite a current lockdown last night (July 27), police said.

The police from Nong Prue police station raided Fat Boys Bar & Grill in Pattaya and found 11 foreign males and a Thai male drinking whiskey and beer in the basement of the bar, which was otherwise meant to be temporarily closed under lockdown, said police superintendent Pol. Gen. Chitdecha Songhong.

The lockdown, effective until Aug 2, prohibits the sales of alcoholic beverages at bars, karaoke lounges and restaurants in 13 ”dark red” provinces and the gathering of five or more people at any public venues. Pattaya, a world-renowed beach resort city, is part of Chonburi which is among those provinces under lockdown.

Those found to have violated the ban on the sales of alcoholic beverages are subject to a maximum of 40,000 baht in fine or a maximum of two years in jail or both.

Meanwhile, all the beaches of Pattaya and an adjacent Jomtien remain temporarily closed under lockdown in support of a social distancing measure throughout the resort city.

Restaurants are currently allowed to open until 8.00 p.m. without customer seating and curfew is currently enforced between 9.00 p.m. and 4.00 a.m. under the 14-day lockdown.


Top and Home Page: Two Pattaya bars open for business before the lockdown was imposed. Both photo: Aleksandr Zykov (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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