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This is not at all unexpected - at least as I've said in previous posts, I've certainly been expecting it and I've prepared for it. If this doesn't work well enough, I am also expecting a curfew to be imposed again. We'll see.

So far there are no travel restrictions. Those living in Pattaya may recall during the first set of Covid restrictions, travel in and out of Pattaya city was forbidden. Those of us on "The Dark Side" couldn't get into Pattaya and vice-versa. If there is anything you need or wish to do on either side of Sukhumvit, I suggest doing it now while you still can.

As for alcohol, it has not been forbidden, but it may be difficult to find anywhere that can still sell it. If I'm interpreting the article correctly, now grocery stores cannot sell alcohol. You might try convenience stores, but I'm not clear from the article whether convenience stores can still sell alcohol. Other than that, I don't know where you might be able to buy liquor. If you want liquor, you better get it if you can still find anywhere selling it. I won't be surprised if the sale of alcohol at all will soon be made verboten.
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Banglamung/Pattaya enters highly controlled status, shutdowns of non essential business, bars, malls, etc

By Adam Judd

30 December 2020

The Chonburi Governor released an emergency order this morning effective immediately for the Banglamung/Pattaya area to help control the Covid-19 coronavirus situation.

(The order specifically says Banglamung/Pattaya, and not all of Chonburi. More information is coming in on this, the majority of recent cases have been linked to Banglamung. It is UNCLEAR if it will affect all of Chonburi, but is very clear that it affects all of Banglamung and Pattaya City.)

This is due to an increasing cluster of infections stemming from an original cluster in Samut Sakhon at a seafood market that then spread through an illegal gambling establishment in Rayong, where some of the gamblers also went to Chonburi.

The brief and important details are as follows:

-Service venues closed, including bars, nightclubs, karaokes, massage parlors, etc
–Restaurants take away only. No dine in service.
-Malls, retail, etc closed except for supermarkets, drug stores, banks, mobile phone shops. All non essential closed, like clothes, etc. Supermarkets may sell only essential items (food).
-All educational places closed, schools, learning centers, vocational schools, etc.
-Leisure locations, like bowling, movie theaters, water parks, tourist attractions, etc. closed
-24 hour convenience stores must be closed from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM. There is NOT a total curfew.
-Restaurants in hotels can stay open, however can only serve hotel guests.
-Public swimming pools closed (As for condos, it will depend on if your condo juristic division considers the pool public.)
-Amulet stores, religious artifact stores, temple stores closed
-Pool, snooker, etc. closed
-Gyms, fitness closed and similar establishments
–Internet and game cafes closed
-Close massage shop, spas, beauty clinics. (It did not specifically say hair salon/barber shop, waiting for more information on this)
-Public parks, exercise areas, playgrounds and any place where people gather closed.
-No parties or gatherings
-Beaches were not specifically covered in the order. However, as the previous section on parks said any place where people may gather is closed it is likely they will be affected.

The order is until further notice with no expiration date. There is not an alcohol sales ban. There is not a curfew or stay indoors order, although people are encouraged to stay at home.

The mask mandate from the previous emergency decree is still in effect and one “could” be charged if found outside without a mask, The Pattaya News notes.

Governor Phakarathorn Tienchai approved the order. He is also asking residents to stay put, although there is not a strict order/checkpoints, domestic travel restrictions.

This is a developing story, we may add more to this document as information comes in.

https://thepattayanews.com/2020/12/30/b ... malls-etc/

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I purchased alcohol in a supermarket today, but perhaps they haven't implemented the rules yet

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Jun wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:37 pm
I purchased alcohol in a supermarket today, but perhaps they haven't implemented the rules yet
Maybe alcohol is considered an "essential item". To many, it is . . .

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Pattaya’s darkest hour has arrived

https://www.pattayamail.com/news/pattay ... ved-338935

December 30, 2020

Virtually locked down again due to the coronavirus spread and still battered by the loss of foreign tourism, Pattaya’s darkest days have arrived, with only dim light at the end of the tunnel in 2021.

Long lines for free food handouts likely will return soon if the emergency order shutting down Banglamung District Wednesday lasts for more than a few weeks. Only essential businesses may remain open. Bars, clubs, massage parlors and shopping malls – the city’s economic lifeblood – all must close immediately and remain so indefinitely following an explosion of new Covid-19 cases linked to an illegal casino in Rayong.

New Year’s Eve was supposed to be the crowning event in a three-month period in which domestic tourism had breathed some life into Pattaya’s tourism sector. Sure, high season was a pale shadow of 2019, but it was better than July-September. But the Pattaya Countdown was only the first of the events to be canceled as a second coronavirus wave swelled in Thailand.

The momentum of the autumn built by the Bikini Run, Loy Krathong and fireworks festival in November, then the Pattaya Music Festival on Dec 11-12, was all for naught. Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome looked pained as he announced the cancellation of the three-day countdown, knowing it would have brought hundreds of millions of baht to the city. But he had no choice.

Driving around Pattaya and its eastern “dark side” is a sad trip for those who have lived in the city for decades and now must witness “for sale” and “for rent” signs hanging from gates and windows. More street-level shops have chairs turned up on tables than chairs seating guests.

At a noodle shop on Soi Nernplubwan, people talked of moving out of Pattaya to towns less dependent on tourism. Many go-go bar dancers already have moved back upcountry to work in local-style entertainment, like village karaoke pubs and as coyote dancers on the back of flatbed trucks in a rice field.

Pattaya roads have become vacant. Workers who just moved back to town to find jobs at hotels, restaurants, pubs and other entertainment venues have given up and waved Pattaya goodbye, maybe for good.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand put its full effort into promoting domestic tourism since the first lockdown ended June 30, but that work is now in vain. All the pie-in-the-sky ideas TAT teams in Bangkok dreamed up have vanished into thin air.

Workers who depend on daily minimum wages were also severely affected as jobs were hard to find, as many employers discontinued their businesses, some temporarily but most of them permanently. A sorrowful sight of homeless and unemployed people sleeping on the streets of Pattaya and Jomtien, once known as one of the world’s most famous hub of international tourism.But they knew going in that domestic tourism wasn’t a cure-all, historically generating only half what foreign tourism does. Their goal was to raise that a few percentage points. At best, domestic tourism ended up treading water.

Hotels in Pattaya today woke up to another nightmare, their rooms haunted by what could have been this new year. Pattaya often has been likened to a mystical cat with nine lives. One wonders if it has any lives left.

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Daleinpattaya wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:16 pm
Pattaya’s darkest hour has arrived
I hope it won't be quite as terrible as the article makes it seem, but this second wave is definitely bad news, and this time I think it will affect more than the tourism industry. Many businesses were suddenly forced to close today and the employees sent home and were told the businesses will remain closed until the current crisis is over. Obviously nobody knows how long that will be.

I hope those of you present in Pattaya will be sensible, especially about wearing the face masks. I've seen many people wearing the face masks, but instead of wearing them properly, they have them pulled down below their nose and often below both their nose and mouth. Just wear the face masks and wear them properly.

I think it has been made clear that restaurants can offer take-away, but you can't eat in a restaurant now. Don't forget, the food delivery services - Hungry Now, Food Panda, Line Man, and Grab are all in full operation.

If this has truly been caused by the gambling scofflaws who now have the fingers pointed at them, I wouldn't want to be in their shoes facing a judge.
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Frequently asked questions about Banglamung/Pattaya highly controlled restrictions

By Adam Judd

30 December, 2020

The following is a few questions we have had regarding the highly controlled status and restrictions in Banglamung. Here is what we know as of now. Keep in mind this is a very fluid situation and information may change in seconds but was correct as of press time.

1. Can I leave Banglamung and go to a non controlled district, area or province? A. Yes, but you are “discouraged” from doing so. There are no hard travel restrictions at this exact moment. We would suggest if going out of the province for a while taking proof you are a Chonburi resident JUST IN CASE restrictions and checkpoints return.

2. Do restaurants have to close at 10:00 PM? A. Restaurants are supposed to be take away only. Only 7-11’s, family marts, etc are supposed to close 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM. It seems at this exact moment restaurants can stay open for take away as there is no curfew.

3. Is there a curfew? A. No. However nearly everything is closed overnight in Banglamung. You may leave if you wish, however.

4. Why are you not using the word lockdown? A. Because it isn’t one. It is a set of highly controlled measures and restrictions. A lockdown would entail domestic travel restrictions and a stay at home order/curfew. None of these are currently taking place in Banglamung.

5. Are Government offices open during this? A. Although most will close for normal New Year holidays, (check their schedules) essential offices will be open during the restrictions period.

6. Are beaches open? A. It would appear based on a drive around town at this exact second yes and they aren’t mentioned in the order. We expect this to possibly change, however.

7. Bar/restaurant/business owner A is still open and not following the rules! Can you write a report about them! A. No. You may call the city call center and report violations at 1337 or law enforcement/tourist police at 1155. We don’t get involved in personal disputes/investigative journalism.

8. What are the essentials that can be open? A. Things like (not a 100% list) supermarkets for food, drug stores, 7-11s, Big C (food, hardware, appliances, electronics only) mobile phone shops, construction depots, banks, essential government offices. Restaurants can be open for take away.

9. Is there an alcohol sale ban? A. No. Hours may be adjusted or change however.

10. Can I travel between the Darkside and Pattaya City? A. Yes.

11. Can my condo/hotel swimming pool/gym open? A. This depends on if your condo management/juristic office considers the pool and/or gym private or public. It is entirely up to your condo management and you will need to take the issue up with them.

12. Can I go for exercise and walk around the city? A. Yes. There is no stay at home order. Wear a mask however, its mandated right now. Public parks are ordered to be closed, however, the beach paths are as of press time open but may change.

13. Do I have to wear a mask? A. Yes. A mandate for mask wearing falls under the provincial emergency decree. You can possibly be fined for not wearing one properly.

More coming as we get it, this is a developing story and we may add more to this list at any time without notice.

https://thepattayanews.com/2020/12/30/f ... trictions/

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I think this new lockdown, because it is of course a lockdown, will be the end of Pattaya as it was. Businesses and especially bars have had very difficult times and many of the ones that have survived will be put out of business by the lockdown.
Big parts of the city have become ghosttown in both the day and the evening, and the lockdown will effectively make sure more small businesses will have to give up for good.
If the thai governments goal was to bring an end to "Sin city" they have probably reached that goal now.

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Thailand did not immediately shut down the wholesale fish market and all downstream businesses distributing fish. Distributing and trading in fish also means distributing people with the virus.

It seems they prefered to leave that operating, then once the virus has spread to many provinces, give the leisure industry another good kicking instead. Very strange.

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Thais have been leaving Pattaya and Bangkok, loading up trucks with all their possessions. We saw many a couple of days ago.
They know an official lockdown will make travel more difficult. They also know a lost cause when they see it. 😢

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catawampuscat wrote:
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:47 pm
Thais have been leaving Pattaya and Bangkok, loading up trucks with all their possessions.
I'm not surprised and I don't blame them. As much as I hope it won't have to happen, I really do think there will be a lockdown. I just wonder if there will be anyone left in town to lock down . . .

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