Although Chon Buri has allowed alcohol in restaurants as part of the tourist blue zone, only specific areas have been granted exemption from the alcohol ban in Thailand. Over the weekend, 4 restaurant managers outside of approved Blue Zone areas, primarily in the popular alternative tourist area of ââBang Saen, were arrested for selling alcohol against Covid-19 restrictions.
The busts took place on Friday evening in Bang Saen, in the Saen Suk sub-district of Mueang Chon Buri district, where police raided all weekend. The combined forces of Saen Suk Police, Saen Suk District Office and other law enforcement officials reportedly gathered around 100 officers to raid restaurants.
The authorities have mobilized to make residents and businesses understand that alone Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Na Jomtien, Koh Larn, Koh Si Chang, Bang Saray and parts of Sattahip and Si Racha have been allowed to sell alcohol in restaurants under the blue zone for tourists. The governor of Chon Buri gave permission to these areas on Friday evening, but not to the rest of the Chon Buri districts.
Many restaurants raided over the weekend said they mistakenly believed the alcohol ban had been lifted across the province. The ban remains in place everywhere else, including other popular tourist areas like Bang Saen Beach, continuing nearly 8 months of the unpopular ban that restaurants and entertainment venues are fighting across the country, but nowhere with more passion than Pattaya and Chon Buri.
Bang Saen lobbied the governor to be added to the list of blue zone areas in the province to be included in the relaxation of Covid-19 rules in favor of tourism, as it is a popular destination, especially for domestic Thai tourists, who by far outnumber international travelers to the region today.
This weekend’s restaurant raids resulted in the arrest of WARP directors Bang Saen, Hurt Bang Saen, U-TURN and H2M for violating the Covid-19 alcohol ban.
THE SOURCE: Pattaya News