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Looks like my guess about the one night only for restaurants was wrong. Apparently restaurants can now resume normal operation.

No word about bars or any other types of businesses.

All the other restrictions are still in effect.

Here's the latest:
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Chonburi Governor announces restaurant relief measures for Banglamung

By Adam Judd

31 December 2020

The Chonburi Governor announced, in an order dated December 31st, 2020, some relief measures for restaurant venues in the Banglamung area.

These follow only a day earlier Banglamung detecting 108 cases of Covid-19, putting the district into restrictive highly controlled measures that saw non essential business closed during what is normally the busiest week of the year. However, the district announced only 16 this morning and stated they felt the situation was under control and testing and tracing from a cluster originally traced to illegal gambling was being handled appropriately.

As a result, the Governor said he would reverse some of the closure measures that have hurt business owners and employees who have already faced a devastating year in Pattaya. The Governor was also aware, which we reported on this morning, of significant anger on social media due to the sudden closure which had no advance announcement to business owners, especially restaurant owners.

As for the newly announced orders, restaurants may now open with in person dining. There are no specific rules against alcohol consumption or mandated closure times.

Venues must temperature check, have Thai Chana check-ins, provide social distancing, use hand sanitizers and everyone must wear masks except when directly eating. Hygiene measures must also be strictly followed.

If you are unsure if your venue can open or have questions please call the Pattaya City call center at 1337.

https://thepattayanews.com/2020/12/31/c ... anglamung/

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If one believes the reported number of virus cases, the total cumulative covid cases in Thailand was 4,237 on 12/14/20 and 6,884 today (12/31/20)....a rather shocking increase of just over 62% in 17 days. Hopefully the severity of the outbreak relates as much or more to increased testing versus an actual explosion of virus cases.
Anyway, the numbers are reported here: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/119921 ... paign=news

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I disagree with this part of the article: "Restaurants again are prey to overcharging food-delivery outfits."

I don't understand why the author says that. I don't know how much restaurants are charged by the food delivery outfits, but they are getting business from people who are avoiding going to restaurants, probably more than if they were depending solely on customers going to the restaurants. And for the customer, specifically me, I'm delighted with the food delivery. I don't have to dress for going out to a restaurant. I don't have to trek from where I live to get to a restaurant and then trek again to go back home. I don't have to concern myself with restrictions in the restaurants. The food is delivered right to my door, still piping hot and always right on time. I'm discovering restaurants I had never heard of before. And with the discounts and vouchers I'm paying much less than the price in restaurants - and that includes tipping the delivery driver.

Now that I've started using these delivery services, I will probably continue using them quite often even once the Covid crisis finally comes to an end.

Seems to me if restaurants were losing money by using these delivery services, then they wouldn't be using the delivery services. I think for the restaurants and the customers, it's a win-win.

I do, however, agree with the rest of the article. During the first Covid crisis I saw only tourist dependent businesses having problems. This time I'm seeing many other businesses also having problems.
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Pattaya’s first-wave survivors say they may not survive second

By Pattaya Mail

December 31, 2020

Pattaya’s months-long lockdown swept away many businesses for good. A protracted second shutdown could clear out the rest.

That was the feeling across Banglamung following Chonburi Province’s order shutting down all non-essential businesses in Banglamung District due to surging coronavirus cases in and around Pattaya.

The order’s duration is indefinite. So is the future of many Pattaya companies.

Chokchai, owner of a cook-to-order food shop on Soi Khopai, was told he can now only sell takeout and delivery orders. But most of his customers were night-time workers in the entertainment trade who now are all out of work again.

Supanat, owner of Kung Pattaya Taxi, makes his money driving tourists to and from Pattaya. Now no one is coming to a locked-down city.

The story was the same across Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. Bar workers again are out of work. Hotels again are empty. Restaurants again are prey to overcharging food-delivery outfits. And despair is palpable.

Several bar owners said they used all their savings to ride out the first lockdown from mid-May until July. Some took out loans they now have to repay. With no income, loans will default and businesses will go under.

Those interviewed said they want the government to step in and provide financial assistance to help them survive the second lockdown. They also want controls on consumer goods to prevent price gouging and hoarding.

If the shutdown lasts only a week or two, the damage will be limited. If not, those who said they survived the first wave may drown in the second.

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As you can see from both of these articles, Chonburi - Pattaya's province - is now among the few provinces being singled out for more strict rules. 51 new cases in the province today. At the time of this post, no word yet as to how many of these cases occurred in Pattaya, but it is known that some people diagnosed with Covid are lying about where they've been out of fear of punishment if they were anywhere illegal activity has been going on. Despite reassurances there will be no repercussions if they tell the truth, that is not helping much.

As you probably know, Pattaya's restaurants were allowed to reopen yesterday, but that already may be changing. Now there are recommendations that restaurants open for take-away only. That hasn't happened yet, but don't be surprised if it does. If you enjoy eating out, you might want to go to your favorite restaurants while you can. Along with that, there are recommendations to close all entertainment venues. If that happens, there won't be any gay bars at all for who knows how long.

No lockdowns in Pattaya yet, but I am still predicting at least some form of lockdown will be imposed. The Si Saket province has already announced that people coming from certain provinces, including Chonburi, will not be allowed in. Many who live and work in Pattaya would like to go to other provinces to spend time with their families, but are not going because they are afraid that Pattaya might be locked down and for an extended period of time they won't be able to return.

On the bright side, virtually everyone I've seen is wearing the face masks and cooperating with the precautions.
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Two deaths, 279 more Covid-19 cases

More spread possible on New Year holidays

1 Jan 2021

Thailand reported two more Covid-19 deaths and 279 new infections amid worries the trend will continue as more people are travelling during the New Year holiday.

The new cases brought the accumulative totals to 63 deaths and 7,163 cases, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The centre said the new fatalities, which brought the death toll to 63, were a man, 44, who had visited a restaurant in Bangkok on Dec 20 and a 70-year-old man who had illegally entered the country along the border from Myanmar to Mae Sot district of Tak on Tuesday.

Of the 279 new cases, 257 were local infections. They included those linked to the clusters in Samut Sakhon (3), Rayong (2) and Chon Buri (1) while 16 had professions at risk of infection. The remaining 235 cases are being investigated.

The country is battling a new round of the Covid-19 outbreak that started in a few provinces, including Bangkok and Samut Sakhon, before spreading to 53 provinces on Thursday. Sa Kaeo and Lamphun were the latest additions to the list, it said.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the centre was worried more cases would be found as people are travelling or returning to the provinces during the New Year holidays.

The risk was travellers from the provinces plagued by the outbreak, he added, as they could transmit the disease to other people at home or tourist destinations.

The four-day holiday which started on Thursday ends on Sunday.

Dr Taweesilp warned the situation remained serious and it could take some time for authorities to keep the situation under control.

"Do not expect the spread to end today or tomorrow," he said, adding he expected the situation to ease in mid-February.

The spokesman said the Public Health Ministry had ordered health provincial chiefs in Bangkok and eight other provinces to strengthen health measures and consider closing all entertainment venues to contain the spread.

The targeted provinces are Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Samut Songkram, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Chon Buri and Rayong.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/ge ... d-19-cases
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Thailand announces 279 new domestic cases of Covid-19, 2 additional deaths

By Adam Judd

1 January, 2021

The spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, announced 279 new cases of Covid-19 this morning at a press conference in Bangkok.

He also announced two deaths, a 44-year-old obese Thai man with health issues in Bangkok who was contact traced from a bar and a 70-year-old Thai man in Tak who had returned to Thailand illegally from Myanmar on November 29th. He had been treated and confirmed with Covid-19 on December 4th and had reportedly recovered, however passed away last night and doctors are considering the case Covid-19 related, despite having tested recently negative.

Thailand has had a total of 7,163 cases of Covid-19 in total since the pandemic began. 4,273 people have been treated and recovered, 2,827 people remain in treatment/under observation/in migrant dormitories for the virus currently. There have now been a total of 63 deaths. 16 of today’s cases are migrant workers and 5 are imported cases from people returning to Thailand from overseas.

Dr. Taweesin also specifically said that he suggests provinces with high numbers of cases, including Rayong and Chonburi, offer only take-away dining. Chonburi reversed an order just yesterday banning in person dining to allow restaurants to re-open. The final decision, however, rests with governors.

Chonburi was stated as having 51 new confirmed cases today, however, The Pattaya News has a policy to wait for confirmation and details from the Chonburi Public Health Office which should be coming shortly. Rayong was announced as having 37 new confirmed cases. Dr. Taweesin mentioned the Chonburi cases are directly linked with Rayong and a large cluster of cases originating from alleged illegal gambling.

Finally, Dr. Taweesin also said some of the patients in Chonburi and Rayong were not being truthful and clear about their timelines, mostly out of concern for alleged illegal practices and visiting alleged illegal places. He stated the CCSA was only concerned with Covid-19 and people should not be afraid to step forward as they will not face legal charges, but could face repercussions if not clear about their behavior and places visited.

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Governor rules out Chon Buri lockdown

51 more infections reported in province

2 Jan 2021

Chon Buri's governor has ruled out a total provincial lockdown despite the number of local Covid-19 cases rising by 51.

Pakarathorn Thianchai said on Friday tourists were free to visit the province and would not have to self-quarantine for 14 days either when they arrived or returned home.

He said tourists were still travelling to Pattaya despite the provincial authority cancelling the New Year countdown and imposing a partial lockdown in high-risk areas.

Pattaya and the rest of Bang Lamung district has been in lockdown since Dec 30 after it registered 22 new Covid-19 infections. Most entertainment venues, including the city's bars, were closed as a result. However, people were still seen shopping and strolling along the beach.

At Bali Hai Pier, tourists have still been taking ferries to Ko Lan, albeit under tight Covid-19 preventive measures: they were required to have their body temperatures checked and to scan a QR code with the Thai Chana app.

The Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said the number of confirmed cases in Chon Buri yesterday rose to 51, bringing the number of additional cases in the province since the virus reemerged domestically in late December to 211.

Two of those infected had connections to the Central Shrimp Market in Samut Sakhon and the rest were infected at a casino in Rayong.

Preventative measures have been quickly implemented -- on Dec 31, Pattaya City cancelled the New Year countdown event and entertainment venues in Walking Street have also been closed since they are in the highest restriction zone.

Secretary of the Entertainment & Tourism Association of Pattaya City, Damrongkiat Phinitkarn, said businesspeople were not as shocked this time as they had been during the first wave of infections early last year. "Operators have been well prepared and more cooperative," he said.

However, the new wave of Covid-19 is causing grave concern among potential tourists, with pubs and discos reporting a decrease of more than 50% in their customers over the New Year.

Mr Damrongkiat, however, says the business sector remains optimistic that tourism will rebound after the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available later this year.

Thailand's reservation of Covid-19 vaccine doses from the UK was good news, Mr Damrongkiat said, adding that approval of the vaccine by the Food and Drugs Administration would be a major boost to Pattaya's entertainment industry.

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A lockdown by any other name is still a lockdown. I hope my prediction of another lockdown does not happen, but it certainly looks more and more likely. If you are in Pattaya I suggest preparing for it.

The Chonburi province governor does not want a lockdown, but as of Monday, January 4 it may be out of his hands. If a major lockdown does happen, I doubt anyone needs me to tell how devastating that will be for Pattaya, especially if it lasts a long time. According to the articles below, whatever happens will be in effect until February and possibly longer.
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Thailand’s CCSA again push governors of high risk provinces to implement stronger Covid-19 restrictions, warn that a central approach may be coming as early as Monday morning

By Adam Judd

2 January, 2021

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, in Bangkok, Thailand has warned governors of high risk provinces in Thailand with large numbers of Covid-19 cases to implement stronger restrictions or a centralized approach will likely take place as early as Monday, January 4th.

This includes Chonburi, home of Pattaya, where the governor is currently allowing in store dining in restaurants despite the protests of the CCSA. The Chonburi Governor, meanwhile, says the impact of putting tens of thousands out of work without financial aid is not acceptable. The majority of the affected businesses, The Pattaya News notes, hire “informal” workers who do not have social security and would not be eligible for support. No alternative financial support programs have yet been announced for this second cluster of infections.

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesperson of the CCSA, has said that 28 provinces that are considered “highly controlled” are being proposed to enter a set level of restrictions from the CCSA and Prime Minister that would fall under the authority of the current emergency decree to control the Covid-19 Coronavirus. This would be similar to actions taken over last spring and summer and would allow governor’s to make stronger and stricter measures but not allow them to decrease measures beneath that which the CCSA sets.

This proposal has come as some governors, including Rayong and Chonburi, have implemented “relief” or lighter restrictions in some areas (such as in store dining) or keeping department stores and malls open (Bangkok) than the CCSA would like. If the proposal is approved this would implement universal restrictions, similar to last year, that all high risk provinces would need to follow.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan O-Cha will reportedly make a decision in conjunction with the Thai Cabinet and National Security Council today or tomorrow on this proposal. The Pattaya News notes that it is highly likely this is approved.

The effected provinces would be: Tak, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Lopburi, Singburi, Ang Thong, Nakhon Nayok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Suphanburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, Sarakaew, Samut Prakan, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Trat, Rayong, Chumphon, Ranong and Bangkok.

The exact restrictions would be announced if the order is approved, Dr. Taweesin stated, but would likely include all the previous strict requirements as well as take away only for food during the start of the first level of restrictions and measures last year in April for high risk provinces.

Dr. Taweesin stressed, however, that it was not a national lockdown and warned against using the word lockdown, saying that word made people nervous and there was no current stay at home order or curfew. (However, he did state that if the situation grew worse domestic travel restrictions to and from high risk provinces, road checkpoints and “requests” to stay inside during certain hours may take place.) He stressed also to people that even if the proposal was approved there was no need to stockpile food or panic as there were no shortages and would not be a strict stay at home order.

If the proposal is approved it would likely take effect from 6:00 AM on Monday Morning, January 4th, until at least February 1st at 6:00 AM. The proposal would be in two levels of measures, level one and two.

Level one would possibly contain things like the aforementioned business and venue closures, limitation of business hours, active contact tracing and not allowing inter-provincial travel from highly controlled areas as well as encouraging people to work from home. Again, this is a proposal at this point and not yet finalized.

If the CCSA needs to move to level two, which means cases continue to rise in highly controlled and at risk areas, it would require more travel restrictions including for vulnerable groups (he did not into this in depth), all of the measures from level one with more intensity and stricter periods of enforcement/rules. More information would come if this was needed.

The Pattaya News will provide more information as this comes in.

https://thepattayanews.com/2021/01/02/t ... y-morning/
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CCSA readies ‘lockdown’ procedures as Pattaya reports 1 death, 37 new Covid-19 cases Saturday

By Pattaya Mail

January 2, 2021

Pattaya and more than a third of Thailand will go into quasi-lockdown Monday if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approves the latest proposal from the country’s coronavirus task force to beat back a second wave of Covid-19.

“It’s like a lockdown, but we’re not using that word,” Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said at his Saturday morning news briefing.

As Pattaya saw its first death of the new outbreak and another 32 cases Saturday, the CCSA reclassified 28 provinces into the highest-risk red zones and the rest of Thailand’s provinces into orange and yellow zones. The second wave now has spread so far, no province is left in the green virus-free zone.

It also outlines a proposal likely to be approved today or Sunday that calls for Level 1 and Level 2 lockdown-like procedures to further clamp down spread of the virus.

Level 1, envisioned to run from 6 a.m. Jan. 4 to 6 a.m. on Feb. 1, would discourage all non-essential interprovincial travel, close additional high-risk businesses and limit hours of those allowed to remain open, such as shopping malls. Dine-in service at restaurants would be banned.

While Chonburi, Bangkok, Samut Sakhon and a handful of other provinces already are in line with Level 1 closures of public venues and meeting spots, restrictions would be new for 17 other provinces only designated highly controlled areas on Saturday.

If coronavirus case numbers continue to rise, a set of Level 2 restrictions would come into effect which would include hard travel restrictions on vulnerable groups, even tighter controls on what businesses would be allowed to remain open, and possibly a national curfew.

The new proposals – along with reclassification of 28 provinces into the highly-controlled red zone areas – came after yet another 216 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, comprising 182 Thais, 32 migrant workers and two imported cases.

The CCSA also reported another death, a 47-year old diabetic Thai woman living in Chonburi who had visited an underground casino in Banglamung District and tested positive for the virus on Dec. 30. She was said to be asymptomatic when admitted to a field hospital at the Grand Bella Hotel in Pattaya, but Covid-19 was still listed as her cause of death.

Thailand’s total cases stand at 7,379, with 4,299 recoveries and 64 deaths.

Of today’s 182 new local cases, Samut Sakhon and Chonburi recorded the most with 37 and 32 cases, respectively. Rayong followed with 27, then Nonthaburi (25), Samut Prakan (23), Bangkok (18) and Chanthaburi (10).

The rest were found in Pathum Thani (2), Nakhon Pathom (2), Ang Thong (2) and one each in Chai Nat, Ratchaburi, Ayutthaya, and Suphan Buri.

The CCSA’s Taweesin said the meteoric rises in cases, combined with widespread New Year’s holiday travel, increasingly are making it impossible to do effective contract tracing, which, he said, is essential to break the chain of infections.

While the Rayong and Samut Sakhon clusters have cooled, they still are producing new connected cases. But many new cases elsewhere in the country cannot be traced, he said.

Unlike earlier in the pandemic, Thais are not following proper safety standards. Many are not self-quarantining after coming into contact with infected people, continue to engage in potential superspreader activities, such as visiting illegal casinos, and not wearing masks as often as they should.

If the public doesn’t have the willpower to do what it should the government is then forced to take extreme actions to control the outbreak, Taweesin said.

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Be careful if you leave the province. If these proposals pass, and they probably will, you may not be able to get back.

I also believe more strict measures are coming and are inevitable. Again, if you are in Thailand I suggest making sure you are prepared for it.
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Ministry of Public Health to propose “hard travel restrictions and tougher measures” for Chonburi, Rayong and Chanthaburi

By Adam Judd

2 January, 2021

The Ministry of Public Health is going to propose tough new restrictions, especially travel, for Rayong, Chonburi (Home of Pattaya) and Chanthaburi, according to Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutacha.

These would be additional harder measures of top of a CCSA proposal that we reported on this morning for 28 high risk provinces.

Mr. Satit said he will be proposing the tougher measures to the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan O’Cha, later this weekend, possibly as early as tonight. If approved, the measures could take place early next week.

The measures would essentially restrict travel (Officials prefer to avoid the usage of a word lockdown, but the measures would be similar) to and out of Chonburi, Rayong and Chanthaburi unless one had an urgent need approved by officials for at least 28 days.

Satit said this would block the motorway and all major roads in and out of the provinces and they would work with local residents on restricting access on minor roads.

Strict checkpoints would be setup stopping all visitors without urgent business as well as restricting residents from leaving.

Satit’s statements were made at a press conference at a field hospital in Chonburi this afternoon as he visited the area to inspect health and safety measurements. He said that the main reason for the large cluster of infections in Rayong and Chonburi was nearly all related to illegal gambling. As a result, many contacts of those involved were still avoiding authorities and were difficult to track down, leading to more cases despite authorities reassuring those involved there would be no prosecution related to illegal gambling.

The Pattaya News will keep you informed if this measure passes and what this means for local residents. As the matter is currently only a proposal, there are no details at this point on what reasons one could use to leave the affected provinces or enter them or the process involved.

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Apparently the Thai government is trying to keep restrictions to a minimum. Here's the latest:
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Govt unveils new curbs

CCSA says it will still allow 'flexibility'

4 Jan, 2021

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has issued a set of new restrictions taking effect on Monday in the wake of a new surge of the coronavirus, though customers are not banned from eating in restaurants and weddings are still allowed under certain conditions.

The directives, signed by Gen Prayut as director of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), were announced in the Royal Gazette on Sunday. The new restrictions will be applied to 28 red zone provinces including Bangkok. The 28 red zone provinces were officially announced in the Royal Gazette on Sunday.

According to the announcement, a ban is imposed on the use of buildings at schools and educational institutes in red zone areas with maximum controls to be imposed for teaching and learning or activities likely to draw a crowd, except for online learning, charities, public services with permission from provincial governors, small schools with no more than 120 students, and border patrol police schools.

Activities which could transmit the virus in red zones, such as meetings, seminars, banquets, and food handouts are forbidden, except where they are carried out or permitted by authorities or they take place in quarantine facilities.

Bangkok and provincial governors are authorised to close pubs, bars and karaoke outlets in red zones. The new restrictions do not ban customers from dining in eateries, however, though the number of sit-in patrons must be limited. Alcohol consumption is not allowed inside eateries.

In the announcement, the CCSA, the Interior Ministry, and the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre will jointly consider guidelines and ensure the restrictions are properly followed in each province.

According to the announcement, shopping malls, department stores, community malls, convention and exhibition halls, convenience stores, supermarkets, and other similar places are still allowed to operate under strict disease control measures.

Bangkok and provincial governors have the authority to close premises, and impose restrictions in areas, premises, or on the use of vehicles or ban activities, apart from those announced by the CCSA.

Authorities will screen people who travel between provinces particularly from red zone provinces, while those who must travel to other provinces must show evidence of why they are going and undergo health screening.

Private companies are also urged to come up with work from home arrangements for employees or stagger hours to reduce the risk of transmission. The CCSA's panel on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions is responsible for considering relaxations or more restrictions as they see fit.

Earlier on Sunday, CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the government plans to show some flexibility in imposing the new restrictions to take effect today.

The CCSA had reviewed restrictions based on the situation in various provinces, Dr Taweeslip said. "Some changes were made before being presented for approval by the prime minister,'' he said.

"We have toned down our previous plan," the spokesman said, explaining the CCSA decided not to enforce a national lockdown because of the devastation it would cause to businesses and the wider economy. "We will not lock down the country because there is an economic cost to pay and everybody will suffer," he said. The CCSA has left room for provincial governors, including the Bangkok governor, to impose tougher restrictions beyond the new measures.

Governors serve as the chairmen of each provincial communicable disease committee. "They cannot weaken the CCSA measures but they can add more restrictions," he said.

Meanwhile, the CCSA confirmed 315 new coronavirus cases, taking the accumulated total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 7,694. No new deaths were reported, leaving fatalities at 64. The CCSA said 294 of the 315 new cases were locally transmitted. Of the 294 local cases, 274 were Thais and 20 migrant workers, 17 in Samut Sakhon and three in Nonthaburi.

The greatest number of newly infected Thais were Chanthaburi (68), Chon Buri (62), Rayong (43), Samut Sakhon (38 -- excluding 17 migrant workers), and Bangkok (19).

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Again I hope to be wrong, but if I had authored the headline I would have added the word "yet" after the word "Pattaya".
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No lockdown in Pattaya, inter provincial travel allowed

By Pattaya Mail

January 4, 2021

Pattaya 3 Jan 2021 – The Chonburi Provincial Communicable Disease Control Committee will consider allowing people to eat at shopping malls and restaurants but it is necessary to strictly comply with public health measures.

Chonburi Governor Phakthorn Thianchai led a team to inspect the marine safety service point during the New Year festival at Bali Hai Pier, Pattaya, Chonburi, to provide moral support to officials and to assess the strictness of the COVID-19 prevention measures due to a high number of cases in the area.

The Governor of Chonburi Province said today the number of COVID-19 cases in Chonburi has significantly decreased. He said he will consider easing the measures already in place in order to minimize the impact on people. For example, shopping malls and restaurants must require customers to keep a distance from one another. However, to cancel a measure, it is necessary to make sure that the outbreak doesn’t then escalate. Another discussion on the matter will be held among members of the Chonburi Provincial Disease Control Committee.

He confirmed that there is no lockdown in Chonburi. People can still leave and visit the province without the need to self-quarantine at home, as all tourists have to comply with the measures of the Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Meanwhile, Mr Sonthaya Khunpluem, the Pattaya Mayor, said Chonburi has not introduced a lockdown so anyone can visit the province. There have been about 20-30 percent of normal tourist numbers in Pattaya during the New Year holiday, but the tourism pattern must be controlled in accordance with the government’s measures to ensure safety. Everyone must act to take care of the health of the entire community. Chonburi however, will soon consider modifying some of its measures.

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Pattaya Mail wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:56 pm
There have been about 20-30 percent of normal tourist numbers in Pattaya during the New Year holiday,
Oh really....and that after they cancelled all new year celebrations and closed the bars??

I’d say about 0.2 - 0.3%, if that.

They should ask anyone here working in the industry.

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