Major Cineplex at Siam Paragon shopping center was ordered to close for three days, and the Mayor of Muang Saen Suk municipality in Chonburi has issued a stern warning as beachgoers disregarded social distancing measures over the weekend.
An event hosted by Major Cineplex at Siam Paragon on Friday evening attracted hundreds of people who turned up to see two Thai teenage celebrities take the stage at the venue.
Little effort was made by the cinema chain to control the crowds. Social distancing was not apparent during the event.
The event has led to Siam Paragon mall ordering the cinema’s closure for three days until June 9th so they can create a new approach to managing people in such situations.
Meanwhile, thousands of people flocked to Bang Saen beach in Chonburi over the weekend. The crowds prompted the local Mayor to warn that the beach would close again if people did not respect the social distancing measures.
The Mayor, Narongchai Khunplome, became concerned as he withness crowds gathering on the famous beach without observing the measures in place to prevent the spread of covid-19. He wrote on a Facebook post:
“If tourists continue to violate health measures, closure can be enforced once again.”
Similar scenes were also witnessed at Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya as people lined up to take the ferry to Koh Larn.
While restrictions have continued to ease nationwide, the Thai Government has warned businesses and venues to cooperate with strict hygiene and social distancing measures.
The measures include using the ThaiChana application to track the number of visitors.
The government is planning the next stage of reopening this Friday with pubs, large massage houses, and national parks among the places set to resume operations.