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Pattaya Outlaws Home ATKs to Enter ‘Restaurants’; Tests Must Be Taken On-Site

People line up for antigen tests outside Pattaya's Soi 6 bars.
People line up for antigen tests outside Pattaya's Soi 6 bars.

Pattaya “restaurants” no longer will allow customers to show antigen tests done at home or from another bar, requiring them to do a test on-site.

Chonburi health officials inspected bars on Soi Buakhao, the epicenter of Pattaya’s new coronavirus outbreak, this weekend to make the poicy clear.

The province on Tuesday reported 583 new Covid-19 cases, 220 of which were in Banglamung District, which includes Pattaya. On Monday, Pattaya had 390 cases.

Chonburi Public Health Director Apirat Katanyutanon said all the “restaurants” on the central Pattaya street and elsewhere must administer Covid-19 antigen tests and customers daily. Home tests are no longer allowed.

Previously, people could provide proof of a negative ATK from within the past 72 hours. The only exception to this rule with be an ATK, in a dated bag from a hospital, where the customer paid for a test.

Apirat said customers were faking tests, using photos of old results or straight up faking photos. So, if someone wants a beer in a Pattaya “restaurant”, they have to take a test first.

He acknowledged that the demand for antigen test kits has resulted in short supplies and high prices. He said the province is working to address both problems.

The original version of this story appeared in the Pattaya Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.