Police raids find eateries in Pattaya, Khon Kaen violating Covid curbs

Police find many customers still drinking alcohol at an eatery in Pattaya, Chon Buri, during a raid late on Wednesday night. Twelve eateries in the beach town were found to have breached Covid-19 restrictions. (Photo supplied: Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

Twelve eateries in Pattaya were found violating Covid-19 restrictions during police raids late on Wednesday night, with many customers, both Thais and foreigners, caught drinking alcohol.

In Khon Kaen, 34 people - including the owner, staff and customers - were caught during a police raid on a restaurant that found alcohol was being consumed. 

A combined team of Pattaya police and investigators from the provincial Chon Buri police office inspected service venues and eateries in Pattaya on Wednesday night.

Many were found following the rules by stopping service at 9pm. However, 12 venues were flouting Covid-19 restrictions by serving alcoholic beverages to customers, according to the police team, led by deputy Chon Buri police chief Pol Col Thanawut Jongjira and Pattaya police chief Pol Col Kullachart Kullachai.

Of the eateries found in violation, Hot Shots in Soi Pattaya 6 had closed its front door, but was still serving customers inside. Police ordered staff to let them in and found many customers, both Thais and foreigners, were still drinking inside. All were detained, but police did not provide the number.

At 9 Klom, staff had pulled down a tarpaulin covering the front of the shop and let customers drink alcohol inside. Alcoholic drinks were poured into plastic jugs to deceive police, the arresting team said.

A total of 12 shops in Pattaya were found to have breached Covid-19 restrictions. Owners, staff and customers were handed over to the Pattaya police station for legal action.

In the northeastern province of Khon Kaen, police arrested 34 people - including two managers and eight  staff - at a restaurant in Muang district for breaching Covid-19 restrictions during a raid in the early hours of Thursday.

Pattaraphon Chaimongkhollarp, 42 and Kitphat Duangsanan, 42, admitted they were in charge of Por Meena restaurant on Srichan Road. The restaurant was still serving alcohol to customers when police raided the premises around 1am. A total of 24 customers were found drinking inside.

Pol Maj Gen Noppakao Sommanat, chief of Khon Kaen police, said provincial authorities had prohibited alcohol drinking at restaurants and eateries to curb Covid-19 infections in Khon Kaen. 

During the raid on Por Meena restaurant, alcoholic drinks were served in plastic containers, said the police chief. The restaurant also served alcohol to customers aged below 20, he added.

The two managers, eight employees and 24 customers were handed over to officers at Muang police station for legal action.

Customers drink alcohol served in plastic containers at Por Meena restaurant in Muang district of Khon Kaen during a police raid around 1am on Thursday. (Photo supplied: Chakrapan Natanri)

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