Pattaya: Saturday morning raids could jeopardize plans to reopen resort to foreign tourists

Jun 28, 2021 | 

Thai media Sanook reported on the fallout from the raids on Friday night/Saturday morning at The Garden 168, Mo Salah and on the beach when 121 people were rounded up for drinking and illegal gathering. 

They said that everyone was detained and that on Saturday health staff from Bang Lamung Hospital arrived in PPE at Pattaya Police station to conduct SWAB testing on 107 people and 26 police officers who were involved in the raids. 

These officers came from the provincial and local forces. 

Everyone would have to wait 24 hours for the results and in the meantime were being kept in isolation. Further measures could follow to trace other individuals if positive tests came back.

The media said this situation represented a threat of a cluster that could seriously damage plans for Pattaya to reopen to foreign tourists in the third quarter, a key aim of the mayor Sontaya Kunplome. 

They likened the threat and the potential for damage to 85 cases of Covid-19 that were found at a construction camp in Chonburi. 

In the raid Friday 29 people were picked up at The Garden 168 and 72 at Mo Salah, both in South Pattaya, and 20 people were found drinking alcohol on the beach. 

There were both foreigners as well as Thais said Sanook without giving actual numbers for each. 

Thirty shisha pipes were also taken into evidence. These have been banned in Thailand since well before the pandemic.