Sa Kaeo –
A local restaurant located 200 meters from the Aranyaprathet Police Station of Sa Kaeo was raided last night, January 11th, after reportedly serving alcohol, performing live music, and operating as a bar-like atmosphere, violating the Emergency Decree to prevent the Covid-19 spread.
More than 70 officials from the Sa Kaeo Police Station arrived at the “Rong Puk Aran” open-air restaurant on Suwannasorn 33 Road near the Aranyaprathet Police Station around 10:00 PM. following alleged public complaints stating that the venue may be violating the order of the Provincial Communicable Disease to prevent the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus.
The restaurant was decorated similar to an entertainment venue style. Live music was being performed with 3-4 half-naked male performers on stage. About 22 tables of Thai customers were seen drinking and eating.
Opaque glasses and bottles of alcoholic beverages, allegedly intentionally to hide the drinks, were spotted on the tables and in the trash cans. Promotion Girls (PG) were also stationed at customers’ tables to serve alcohol, similar to bars and pubs. The police then ordered the venue to close immediately.
About 86 customers, waiters, and restaurant employees were taken to Aranyaprathet Police Station for background checks and detention records. The alleged restaurant owner, who was only revealed to the press as Kanchanapimon, also presented herself at the police station.
Initially, the owner was charged for establishing the venue without permission and illegally serving alcoholic beverages in the restaurant which violates the Emergency Decree and the Provincial Communicable Diseases Act. Customers were charged for gathering that poses a risk of spreading disease which violated the order of the Provincial Communicable Diseases Act.
Legally, entertainment venues have been closed since April of last year in Thailand due to Covid-19 precautions. Some, with proper licensing, have been allowed to open as restaurants, but must be proper restaurants and close by 9PM according to law enforcement.
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