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Pattaya ‘Darkside’ Bars Get Slapped for Ignoring Social Distancing Rules

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Triangle Bar, in Pattaya, was one of the bars visited within city limits and in Nongprue Subdistrict's East Pattaya area Friday.

Pattaya officials issued warnings to Pattaya beer bars found already to be violating disease-control restrictions just 10 days after being allowed to reopen.

Deputy District Chief Pornchai Sang-iad led a group of Banglamung bureaucrats through the bars east of Sukhumvit Road, locally known as the ‘Darkside”, and within the city limits Friday night, checking that bars were following a set of social-distancing and health requirements.

Pornchai said most venues were found in compliance, but that several bars were issued warnings for not enforcing social distancing by allowing overcrowding and allowing unmasked punters to sit closely together.

Further surprise checks are planned and, if caught twice, violating bars will be shut down, he said.