With Thailand breaking records for the number of new daily coronavirus cases, Pattaya beach vendors are finding few takers for their umbrellas and chairs.
Chonburi reported 261 new Covid-19 cases on July 1, 67 of which were in Banglamung District, which includes Pattaya.
At Jomtien Beach Monday, some Thai and foreign families were seen enjoying the sun and sea, but the vendors who decided to open, mostly sat among empty loungers.
Umbrella renters said they used to make 500-1,000 baht a day but now go home with as little as 100 baht or less in revenue.
Beachgoer Sumalee Maliwan said she brought her family to the beach to relieve everyone’s stress, although they also hunted for shellfish to eat and save on food expenses.
She said she’s worried about Covid-19, but some of her family members already have been vaccinated and she believes that life must go on, albeit carefully.