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Pattaya Goes into Lockdown Following 108 New Chonburi Covid-19 Cases

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

Pattaya today went into lockdown following more than 100 new coronavirus cases in Chonburi, with all essential businesses closed and people urged to stay home.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration today reported 250 new cases of Covid-19 with 108 of them in Chonburi and 39 in Rayong nearly all linked to illegal gamblers in Rayong.

The emergency order issued by Gov. Pakarathorn Thienchai this monrnign covers all of Banglamung District, encompassing Pattaya, and closes all bars, nightclubs, karaoke joints and massage parlors. Private gatherings and parties – aimed at New Year’s Eve – also are banned.

Restaurants are restricted to takeout and delivery only, except for restaurants inside hotels, but those can only serve guests. No outside customers.

Shopping malls and standalone retail stores must close, except for supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, hardware and construction stores, mobile phone and electronics shops. Temple and amulet stores must shut down.

Grocery stores may only sell food and essential items. No alcohol, although there is no total alcohol ban. Convenience stores must close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

All schools are closed, along with nurseries, child care centers, colleges and tutorial services.

Leisure centers, such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, pool halls, waterparks, game centers, gyms and tourist attractions are closed.

Public swimming pools must close. Those inside condominiums are up to the managements. Public parks also must shut down.

In addition to massage parlors – both legitimate and “soapy” massage brothels, beauty clinics must shut down. Barbers and hair salons were not specifically mentioned, so clarification is needed.

Beaches are not specifically closed, even though public parks and gatherings were. Pattaya city officials will need to clarify their position.

The order is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice. There is no curfew, but people are encouraged to stay home. With little open, there won’t be anywhere to go anyway.

For those that go outside, the requirement to wear a mask is still in force under Thailand’s emergency decree.

Despite earlier assertions to the contrary, it’s now apparent Thailand’s “second wave” of coronavirus cases is here. The CCSA said 241 of the 250 cases today were locally transmitted, with nine found in quarantine centers among overseas returnees and one migrant laborer.

Of those, only nine were linked to the Central Shrimp Market outbreak in Samut Sakhon. Four were found in that province, two in Bangkok and one each in Ayutthaya, Ranong and Nonthaburi.

The CCSA said the other 198 cases were still “under investigation”, but were likely linked to an underground casino in Rayong. Of those, 108 are in Chon Buri – and the majority in Banglamung –53 in Rayong, 17 in Nonthaburi, 12 in Samut Sakhon, seven in Chanthaburi and one in Trat.

Twenty-nine others had visited crowded places or entertainment venues, or worked in “high-risk” occupations. Of these, 15 were in Bangkok –mostly among the elderly – five in Nakhon Pathom, three each in Phetchaburi and Saraburi and one each in Nakhon Nayok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan.

This story also appears in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.