121 drinkers and smokers in Pattaya caught

121 drinkers and smokers in Pattaya caught

Chon Buri: At least 121 people were rounded up at two entertainment venues in Bang Lamung district where they were caught drinking and smoking hookah pipes, police said.

The crackdown took place on Friday night at the "168" venue on Pattaya Tai Road and "Mosala" venue located in Walking Street following reports that both establishments were serving alcoholic drinks to customers without permission.

Both venues were registered as entertainment venues but were turned into restaurants during the Covid-19 pandemic and were not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages under the disease control measures.

Police found 28 people drinking at "168" in the raid and seized alcoholic beverages as evidence. The restaurant manager was also detained for questioning. A total of 29 people were detained there.

At "Mosala" venue, police found dozens of people on the third floor of the four-storey establishment who were either drinking or smoking hookah pipes. Some 72 people were detained and many managed to escape.

Concerns were being raised about a new Covid-19 cluster as the customers at both venues did not practise social distancing and many did not wear face-masks.

Police said they also rounded up another 20 people while drinking and partying at Pattaya beach.

Meanwhile, the Southern Phra Nakhon district court yesterday sentenced 29 people to a 15-day imprisonment suspended for one year and fined them 5,000 baht each for illegal assembly in violation of the emergency decree and disease control measures.

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