Pattaya’s bar owners have only themselves to blame for the postponement of the full opening of Thailand’s nightlife industry, the city’s top nightlife official has said.
Damrongkiat Pinitkarn, secretary of the Pattaya Entertainment & Tourism Association, said that “selfish” bar and restaurant operators who did not follow disease control rules have created the environment for the omicron variant of the coronavirus to grow. is spreading like wildfire during the holiday season.
Chonburi on Thursday reported 769 new confirmed cases, including 339 in Banglamung district, which includes Pattaya. The city has seen more than 300 new official cases – with likely many more unofficial infections – for each of the past five days.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Thursday that the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday would likely re-impose a ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants to delay the omicron outbreak, which pushed the national total up. of confirmed cases at 5,775 compared to less than 3,000 on Monday.
It is also possible that the CCSA will ban food service in restaurants and again declare Chonburi and other hard-hit provinces as “red” coronavirus control areas.
Damrongkiat said he worried about what happened as he looked around the city at beer bars, bars galore and watering holes that were using questionable certifications and licenses to reopen in locations. “restaurants”.
Many of them did not place capacity limits, space tables, and were lax about mask use, temperature controls and hand washing, he said. he declares.
Damrongkiat said he understood the bar owners’ desire to reopen after being closed since April, but said their selfishness and everyone’s failure to work towards the same goal – to operate while bringing the virus under control. – led to the fall of the hammer on Friday.