Open-air Pattaya restaurants want dine-in exemption

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Small Town, located between sois Chalermprakiat 3 and 10 near Nong Or Temple, asks the government to reverse the decision to suspend dine-in service, saying the economic damage outweighs any risk of spreading Covid-19.

Pattaya restaurant operators want the government to reverse its decision to suspend dine-in service, saying the economic damage outweighs any risk of spreading Covid-19.

Owners of 15 eateries in the Small Town Pattaya project, located between sois Chalermprakiat 3 and 10 near Nong Or Temple, said May 8 that they have no customers for takeout or delivery service.



Small Town executive Warunpatprapada Jansawang said vendors rent spaces in the open-air market known for dine-in, not takeaway.

Paitoon Boonsir, owner of Vintage Somtam, said open-air restaurants should be exempted from the dine-in ban imposed on “deep red” or maximum coronavirus control zones.

Paitoon Boonsir, owner of Vintage Somtam, said open-air restaurants should be exempted from the dine-in ban.



He said Small Town’s customers don’t consider the market a place to take food to go, and setting up delivery services is expensive and time-consuming.

He also said delivery is unfeasible, as vendors must purchase stock with no guarantee anyone will order. Dine-in customers are much more predictable, Paitoon said.

Owners of 15 eateries in the Small Town Pattaya project said they have no customers for takeout or delivery service.



Warunpatprapada Jansawang said vendors rent spaces in the open-air market known for dine-in, not takeaway.