25 people arrested at Chiang Mai rooftop bar



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A rooftop bar in Chiang Mai, a province in northern Thailand, was raided yesterday and 24 patrons, along with the bar owner, were arrested for allegedly gathering to drink alcoholic beverages, a violation of the emergency decree.

Police said the 25 suspects were seen drinking alcohol and dancing to a band playing at the bar. Police add that the suspects further ignored provincial screening measures by not wearing face masks or practicing social distancing.

The 25 suspects were taken to Chang Puak Police Station for further prosecution. Currently, the 24 bar patrons are accused of violating the order of the Chiang Mai Communicable Disease Committee, which bans the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The bar owner has been charged with violating the provincial ordinance by allegedly allowing patrons to drink alcoholic beverages at his bar. The bar has not been identified to the media.

Drinking alcohol in Thai establishments is still largely banned as the government has yet to reopen bars and restaurants are also banned from selling alcohol.

SOURCE: News from Pattaya

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