A popular bar in Jomtien has been turned into a coffee and crepe shop to help their staff survive the current Covid-19 crisis in the Pattaya area, which has seen almost three months of closures of the entertainment industry with no end in sight in a row currently.
Ms. Tawirada Tanapoomchai, 30 told The Pattaya News, “I am a staff member at the bar. Our bar, ‘Country Road’ has temporarily closed due to Covid -19 in Jomtien near Dongtan Beach.”
Bars and entertainment venues are closed by Thai government orders at a national level notes TPN media and have been for about three months. The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, has not given any estimate on when entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen. Venue owners also claim they have been given little to no financial aid from the government for the closures. Although some provinces, like Phuket, have allowed alcohol in restaurants, this is still forbidden in Chonburi.
“Other staffers and I asked the bar owner if we can open a coffee and crepe shop so that we can earn some money for our living. The owner agreed with us, although they don’t make a major income from the project. We gained permission from local authorities to do so and are now a coffee shop.” Tawirada explained.
“Country Road Café is located on Jomtien beach road near Krung Si Bank which is about 100 meters from the beach. ” Tawirada concluded.
TPN notes the “Country Cafe” is open during daylight hours. Alcohol sales, as well as music and entertainment or usage of pool tables or other entertainment features, are forbidden.
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