Local officials confirm action on NCPO’s alcohol measures

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Pattaya-area officials agreed to take stern action against entertainment venues violating new dictates from the National Council for Peace and Order. Penalties could include banning businesses for five years.

Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjawattana chaired the Aug. 15 meeting with Pattaya City, Nongprue Sub-district and Banglamung Council officials, police and Chonburi Excise Office representatives.

Pattaya-area officials agreed to take stern action against entertainment venues violating new dictates from the National Council for Peace and Order.Pattaya-area officials agreed to take stern action against entertainment venues violating new dictates from the National Council for Peace and Order.

The NCPO last month issued an order under Section 44 of the interim constitution outlawing sales of alcohol near educational institutions and setting new penalties for bars and clubs that admit customers under the age of 20, stay open beyond legal operating hours, and/or allow drugs and weapons on the premises.

Chakorn confirmed that if any Pattaya-area business is found violating the Section 44 order, their business license would be revoked and the business owner barred from reopening under the same or different name for five years.

If the violation occurs while the business license is in the renewal process, Chakorn said, the renewal application will be rejected and any license application will be rejected for five years. Liquor licenses also will be revoked, he added.

In the case of an entertainment business creating a nuisance, the business will be given 30 days to resolve noise and other complaints before further action is taken.