Pattaya is rescheduling a slate of popular activities, most of which were canceled or postponed due to this year’s coronavirus outbreaks.
Mayor Sonthaya Kunplome said that, despite the current curfew and business closures, the city continues to plan for large gatherings and events, starting with the Pattaya Music Festival Oct. 22-23.
The city will organize its annual Loy Krathong events Nov. 19 and the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival Nov. 26-27.
In December, Pattaya anticipates reopening the Naklua Walk & Eat Market and hosting the year-end Pattaya Countdown.
Sonthaya emphasized that the October events will not happen if Pattaya doesn’t reopen and the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration doesn’t approve. But he anticipates both things will happen.
The CCSA can approve Pattaya’s hosting the huge gatherings by specifying the coronavirus-prevention measures that must be used. Earlier this year, the Music Festival was held with only “pod” seating for a small group with everyone else kept outside the gates on the beach.
Likewise, the fireworks festival is held outdoors along a three-kilometer stretch of beach but, despite insistence that the 2020 event would be socially distanced, it wasn’t, with people packed together like sardines on the beach.