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Fences, Tape Could Return to Pattaya Beaches to Limit, Register Users

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Fences and signs familiar to Pattaya beach visitors during the city's lockdown may soon return.

Pattaya beaches could again be taped off as officials look to restrict access to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Jakarat Pittayawonganon, strategy chief for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, told the city’s mayor that the government recommends controlling access to the expansive Pattaya, Jomtien and Wong Amat beaches so that visitors can be tracked in case a case of the coronavirus is found.

Pattaya Beach spans three kilometers and Jomtien Beach is even larger. Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome was advised to fence or tape off the beachfront and require everyone pass through selected gates where their temperatures would be checked and they would check-in using the government’s Thai Chana contact-tracing app.

If a beachgoer later tests positive for the coronavirus, everyone entering through that sandy checkpoint at the same time would be notified and offered free coronavirus tests.

Pattaya already has reduced the number of people able to rent beach chairs and umbrellas by 25 percent and limited groups to a maximum six people, rules enforced by active patrols.

Jakarat applauded the city’s heavy-handed approach to enforcing social distancing, supplemented by aerial drones, saying it could serve as a model for other Thai beach resorts.