As traffic jams across the five checkpoints designed to lockdown Pattaya city grew, chaotic scenes unfolded leading to officials reconsidering their strategy to keep the city off-limits.
The lockdown created extremely heavy traffic along all roads leading to Pattaya, with most people arriving at the checkpoints simply passing through to travel to Sattahip or downtown Chonburi.
This has a severe impact on the local residents, leading to calls for the lockdown to be changed or scrapped altogether.
However, the lockdown has not been lifted as reports earlier today suggested. Instead, the lockdown will now focus on the inner part of Pattaya city where the majority of infections have occurred.
The five existing checkpoints at Soi Chaiyapornvithee, Motorway Route 2 in front of the Highway Police office, Soi Pornprapanimit, Soi Chayaporn, and Sukhumvit Road near the Office of the Public Prosecutor in front of Na Jomtien temple have been scrapped.
New checkpoints will be set up at Dolphin Circle, the entrance of Pattana Nua at the Prinya Sai 3 intersection, Pattaya Klang at Soi Arunothai, Pattaya Tai at Soi Kophai, and Jomtien checkpoint on Jomtien Sai 2 Road.
These new checkpoints will be in operation from Tuesday, April 14th for approximately three weeks or until the situation returns to normal.
It is hoped that the new lockdown restrictions will minimize the impact on people according to the Mayor of Pattaya, Sonthaya Khunpluem.
Source: Bangkok Post | Photo: Pattaya Mail