Chonburi ready to reopen in two weeks

Chonburi’s lockdown will be lifted on May 1 if there is no change in the Covid-19 situation, according to the province’s public relations office.

The office announced on Wednesday (April 15) via Facebook that at-risk venues ordered to close in March  would be able reopen on May 1 as scheduled. Those venues include pubs, bars, massage parlours, spas, beauty salons, cinemas, fitness clubs, cockfight and boxing stadiums, water parks, game centres, amulet markets, snooker and golf clubs, department stores, parks, passport offices, convenience stores, nurseries, restaurants, cafes, shops selling alcohol, flea markets, beaches, Chonlamak Withi 84 Phansa Causeway, Koh Larn and Koh Sichang islands, and other tourist attractions.

However, the office informed people that they should continue Covid-19 preventive practices, such as wearing face masks, washing hands regularly, and social distancing.


Krabi drinking party raided by police

Four Thai women and four foreign men drinking at an outdoor party in Krabi on Wednesday (April 15) got a nasty shock when police arrived to arrest them.

Officers from Ao Nang police station were called to investigate reports of a public gathering at a house in the beachside subdistrict. They arrived at the scene to find the party in full swing, with eight people swigging alcohol outside a house, in flagrant violation of Krabi’s Emergency Decree lockdown to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The group comprised four Thai women aged 28-45 and four Scandinavian men – Norwegian nationals aged 62 and 63, and Swedes aged 65 and 74. Police found them with assorted alcoholic beverages, soda water, carbonated drinks and a bucket of ice.

The group were charged with violating the Emergency Decree on Public Administration BE2548, which prohibits public assembly or any act that disturbs public peace and order.