In Thailand’s tourism attraction city Pattaya and all entertainment places, such as, bars, pubs, karaoke and nightclubs have been declared closed for two weeks. Similar restriction has also come under force in similar facilities in 41 provinces. Country’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has passed this order as cases of COVID continue to surge.
The spokesman said the closure would take effect when Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha signs the order at a meeting on April 9.
Health and security officials agreed in talks on Thursday that a blanket closure in all provinces was not necessary. They opted for what Dr Taweesilp called “target therapy” in provinces with the potential to spread COVID-19.
Their prime concern was the spread of the UK variant of the virus, with cases detected in Thailand for the first time.
The target provinces were those plagued by new infections and those at risk because they were a gateway, or main passage, for travelers, he said.
The decision comes ahead of the long Songkran holiday next week, when millions of people will hit the roads for vacations or family reunions.
The 41 provinces where all entertainment venues – bars, pubs, clubs and karaoke bars – will be closed are: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Buri Ram, Chachoengsao, Chaiyaphum, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chonburi, Chumphon, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Lamphang, Loei, Lop Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pathum Thani, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Prachin Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ratchaburi, Ranong, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkram, Saraburi, Songkhla, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Tak, Udon Thani, and Yala.
Pattaya’s first ladyboy bar survives COVID challenges
Pattaya’s first ladyboy bar has seen more than its share of challenges since opening almost two decades ago. But the owner of TJ’s Music Bar says she will survive the coronavirus pandemic and that Pattaya will bounce back.
Sangduen Permenter, owner of the Naklua Soi 18 cabaret, said that since she opened in 2003, the popular venue for charity organizations and tour groups used to take in hundreds of thousands of baht a day. It survived two coups, anti-government riots, flooding and more, but Covid-19 has been the most-daunting challenge.
Sangduen said income has fallen to minimal levels, but TJ’s will survive, as it has regular expat customers and still is a place that can host charity shows and concerts for groups from service and charity organizations.
She believes that Pattaya will bounce back and TJ’s theater will be full again.