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Re: Pattaya under strong restrictions until further notice - the bars are closed

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gerefan wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:30 pm
I’d say about 0.2 - 0.3%, if that.
Even if the Pattaya Mail got it right, that means 70-80 percent of people working in the tourism industry lost their jobs yet again. And there is no light at the end of the tunnel for them getting their jobs back.

Since the talk about locking down Pattaya is getting more serious, I wonder how many of these people are returning to their provinces and may not ever return to Pattaya.

Another worrying thought - We are now in a second outbreak of Covid. What's to say sooner or later there won't be a third outbreak - or a fourth? It will take a long time for everyone in Thailand to get vaccinated and then it will take an even longer time to be certain the vaccine works. And if everyone does get vaccinated, but it turns out it doesn't work or doesn't work well enough, then what happens?

It's the proverbial caught between a rock and a hard place. I don't know what the powers-that-be can do to combat Covid in a way that won't further hurt the tourism industry. And this time it is not only the tourism industry being hurt.

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Chonburi Governor releases latest closure, restrictions orders for Covid – 19 precautions, many changes made

By Goong Nang(GN)

4 January, 2021

The Chonburi Governor released an order this evening (January 4th) to help control the Covid-19 coronavirus in Chonburi for highly controlled provinces. The announcement applies to ALL areas of Chonburi, although for Covid-19 cases districts are still divided into control zones. There are many changes, please take your time to read and understand. If you are unsure if your venue can open or if it is not listed please call the city call center at 1337.

Cancelled previous order from the Chonburi Disease Control Committee. Control zones are currently:

1. The highest control area (red) is Bang Lamung District and the Si Racha District. The control area (orange) is Mueang Chonburi District and Sattahip District. The highest surveillance area (yellow) is Ban Bueang District. Surveillance areas are (green), namely Phan Thong District, Ban Phanat Nikhom District, Bo Thong District, Nong Yai District, Koh Chan district, and Koh Si Chang districts

2. These venues on this list are CLOSED.

Entertainment venues (bars, nightclubs, pubs, karaoke, dancing establishments, gogo bars, hostess bars, gentlemen clubs, and similar places)
Legal chicken fighting courts/fish fighting/bullfighting/boxing/gambling
Every convenience store that is open 24 hours must close from 10:00 P.M. to 5:00 A.M..
Every educational place both government and private must close, including private tutors.
Close public swimming pools, amusement parks both indoor and outdoor including playgrounds in markets. (If your housing estate, condo, etc. considers your pool public, and almost all do, it must close. Hotel pools are closed and considered public.)
Nurseries, daycares, and elderly care places (except for permanent residences with overnight stay)
Amulet markets, temple fairs
Cinemas, cabaret shows, live shows, and theaters
Snooker and billiards, bowling, skating, rollerblading, and other similar group entertainment activities.
Massage shops, spas, beauty clinics (including in hospitals), and tattoo shops. (See below for nails and barbershops)
Saunas and massages with soap (Soapies).
INDOOR (see below) fitness centers and gyms. (Again, for condos and hotels if it is considered public it must close, may depend on the management of the condo)
Games and internet cafes, arcades and playlands, computer meetup areas, etc.
Meeting room services, banquet halls, conferences, other similar types of gatherings of groups of people

3. These places below can be opened but with high Covid-19 protective measurements:

Restaurant or beverage shops, food vendors and stalls, food courts, cafeterias can be opened and allowed to eat inside from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.. Other periods from that time can be opened but take away only. In addition, alcohol is NOT allowed to be drunk inside and can only be purchased for takeaway.
Department stores, malls, and community malls are allowed to open, including retail stores, with proper Covid-19 measures.
Public parks, beaches, exercise parks, outdoor public playgrounds not at markets, sports stadiums (not for crowds or gatherings, for exercise), OUTDOOR gymnasiums, or places for outdoor exercise can open but with social distance rules and strong Covid-19 measures. (The earlier closed section mentioned boxing still being closed, however, we are seeking clarity or suggest owners call City Hall at 1337 for clarity.)
Retail / small wholesale stores, markets, floating markets with strong Covid-19 measures.
Wholesale or big wholesale stores with strong Covid-19 measures.
Beauty salons for hair for both men and women and nail spas can be serviced for only up to two hours for each customer. Other customers not allowed to wait inside, reservations are suggested.
Nursery and eldercare places for overnight permanent residence only
Golf courses (clubhouses and shower rooms are requested to close).
Pet care spa and clinics.
Outdoor zoos or places that have animal shows can open.
Hotels are open, although gyms and pools are to be closed and gathering areas like conference rooms.

4. Everyone must wear masks when going outside all the time. Failure to wear a mask could result in a fine of up to 20,000 baht! This is, according to the Chonburi Disease Committee, a mandate and not a suggestion.

5. Approve Koh Larn measurements from local committee volunteers. This means Koh Larn will be closed to non-residents from January 5th to at least January 20th. Koh Si Chang is open, with health measurements.

6. People are being requested not to travel across the province except for emergency or urgent reasons with evidence and documents proving their needed travel as well as being a resident of Chonburi. There will be random checkpoints.

Large gatherings, events, mass assembly, etc are banned. (This falls under national orders.)

Anyone who offends the order shall be punished with a fine of up to 100,000 baht or jail for up to one year or both.

The order takes effect on January 4th until further notice. If you are unsure if your business is able to open, if you aren’t on the list (We noticed fishing parks and shooting ranges were missing) or what measures you need to take please call the Pattaya call center at 1337. This list is, of course, subject to change with new orders which we will translate and update as quickly as possible.

https://thepattayanews.com/2021/01/04/c ... nges-made/

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Re: Pattaya under strong restrictions until further notice - the bars are closed

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It is difficult to know just what is going on. The Prime Minister says there will not be lockdowns, although that is what some provincial governors want to do. The Chonburi province now has 47 checkpoints leading in and out of the province itself and in and out of Pattaya. At those checkpoints people are screened for health, which is mainly a temperature check.

They had been talking about getting through these checkpoints requires providing a very good reason why one needs to pass. I don't know if that is in place or not. If it is, I don't know who decides whether your reason is good enough to let you pass or on what criteria that decision is made.

Pattaya has also imposed a 20,000 baht fine for anyone, for any reason, if caught outdoors without wearing a face mask. I suggest you don't forget to wear the mask.

I don't know about anyone else, but in my opinion it is not necessary to declare a lockdown. With so many venues closed, the strict restaurant rules, the early closings of shopping malls and convenience stores, and so many other restrictions I fail to see much point in going out at all, especially considering the risk, no matter how remote, of ending up with Covid.

By the way, I, for one, am in full favor of every one of these restrictions. And if they impose more restrictions, I will be in favor of those too. I don't like living with these restrictions, but in my opinion they are doing the right thing - or at least trying to.

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Stiff fines in Pattaya for not wearing a mask outdoors

By Barry Kenyon

January 5, 2021

A proclamation from the Chonburi governor’s office has now announced further details of the crackdown to counter the spread of the pesky virus. Most, but not all, mirror the announcements by the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority for implementation in the capital.

Throughout Chonburi, including all Greater Pattaya, a fine of 20,000 baht has been introduced for not wearing a face mask in public. If enforced, this would likely be a spot fine payable at police stations and not require a court appearance. The equivalent order for Bangkok mentions only a fine of 100,000 baht and/or a jail term of one year for any infringement of the latest anti-Covid regulations.

The Chonburi governor has brought restaurants here into line with Bangkok by mandating that they can serve food at tables from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. – but no alcohol – provided that strict social distancing occurs with diners being separated by at least 1.5 meters. Some eateries have already announced that they will not allow new customers to be seated after 7.30 pm or 8 pm to ensure the latest regulation is observed. Takeout food is allowed beyond 9 p.m.

The remainder of the Chonburi governor’s proclamation reaffirms previous announcements. All entertainment venues (bars, pubs, clubs, karaokes, massage parlours, etc.) remain shut and convenience stores must close between the hours of 10.00 pm and 5 a.m. Malls and supermarkets can operate up to 9 p.m. but subject to hygiene and monitoring rules. Gathering in groups – not formally defined but likely to mean more than four people – is banned. Breaches of these regulations can lead to fines of up to 100,000 baht and/or incarceration up to 12 months.

Beaches remain open, subject to social distancing, and golf courses and outdoor gymnasia appear to be in the clear but with various safety restrictions. Swimming pools are closed including those in condos unless the management specifically endorses them as private. There is no ban on selling takeaway alcohol and beauty salons and hairdressers have escaped closure provided they limit health risks and require waiting customers to remain outside.

Travel within Chonburi province is heavily discouraged, but not illegal, and people using public and private transport should carry documentation to show their details (proof of local address or driving licence). Foreigners should always carry their passport or a laminated copy. Random roadside checks will continue.

Meanwhile, some other Thai provinces are introducing travel restrictions on visitors from areas – like Chonburi – with high infection rates. Thus Nakhon Ratchasima is requiring completion of an entry form, production of a health certificate and self-quarantining for a fortnight. Similar rules are in force in Ubon Ratchathani and Chai Nat. Anyone travelling from Chonburi province to another is advised to use their local contacts to ascertain the entry regulations currently in force. The overall position without doubt will be a fast-moving scenario.

https://www.pattayamail.com/news/stiff- ... ors-339478

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