Deputy mayor Weerawat Khakhay led a group of 11 local business owners to meet Chonburi province vice governor Pornchai Khwansakul at Chonburi city hall to file a petition over a recent penalty order for a temporary closure of their businesses for 30 days starting from April the 13 after they had been found without proper licenses and having their businesses situated out of the designated zoning area.
The owners said the penalty order had created deep impact on their revenues and made it very difficult for the wages to be paid for over 100 staff at the various venues.
Chonburi province vice governor explains the situation to business owners.
One of the petitioners said his business had been operating for some time and that he had always abided to the regulations, however now he asked for some flexibility regarding the new rules.
Vice governor Pornchai said he understood the feelings of the operators very well but that he had no choice but to exercise his duty under the law. He continued to say that for those who do not have a proper license, or have allowed violence or underage drinking in their venues, they must now strictly adhere to the law and be more cautious in the future.
The vice governor added in the end that there was hope that the zoning law could be petitioned but needed to be addressed to the governor at the next major forum.