Pattaya's famed Walking Street has re-branded itself as Driving Street.
There are no longer any foreign visitors or hoards of tour party walkers, so the Pattaya authorities are trying to appeal to Thais replacing tat stalls with street food carts.
So from now on its is open to traffic and parking. Though it is one way only to reduce accidents.
After a crisis meeting with local operators, mayor Sontaya Khunpluem said it was obvious that the country was not open and there were no foreign
tourists. So Thais need to be the new normal for Walking Street.
Local dignitaries took part in a ceremony last night at 7pm to open the street to traffic and parking.
Far East Rock 2 is located at the 2nd Road end of Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office)
The GoGo re-opened after the end of the coronavirus lockdown in July. However it later closed again but this has thankfully proved to be a temporary glitch and as of 4th July
the bar is now open again.
Queen Club is located at the centre of Soi LK Metro.
The bar opened after the end of coronavirus lockdown in July 2020 and celebrates its 8th anniversary on 8th August 2020. The anniversary was actually on 26th May but the GoGo was shut due to the
lockdown at the time.
Dolls A-GoGo has several branches around Pattaya and the girls have been on the move.
Dolls Soi 6 closed on 30th July. The dancers moved to Dolls Walking Street which opened on 31st July.
Love 66 A-GoGo, perhaps seeing an opportunity on Soi 6
after the departure of Dolls Soi 6, opened on 31st July.
Presumably customers were a little too few and far between as Far East Rock 2 on Soi 13/2 closed on 31st July.
Paradise opened on Soi LK Metro on 1st Aug.
Meanwhile a good
number of gentlemen's clubs have re-opened, perhaps because of their short time rates being somewhat lower and more accessible to expats than the GoGos. A notable example is The Den Gentlemen's club on Soi Chayapoon which re-opened with the girls from
Touch Agogo on 10th July. Some topless girls and G-string girls are to be found walking around the club.
Some bars opened across Pattaya on 1st July but the GoGo bars did not seem very keen on opening under the government's rather onerous 22 miserable rules coupled with a lack of visitors in town.
It seems that a few will give it a try after
the religious blank days on the 5th and 6th July. Lady Love on Soi LK Metro has promised to open on 7th July at 7pm (perhaps an auspicious date and time).
Update: Tantra A-GoGo is open on Walking STreet
4th July 2020.
According to reports oon Pattaya Forums, Tantra A-GoGo is doing a little trail blazing on Walking Street. Early reports are understanding of the difficulties for the bar, but ultimately the stanoffish social distancing is not making for a good
experience. The rule forbidding dancers from sitting with customers is unltimately the biggest bugbear.
Update: More openings
8th July 2020.
The very popular Pin-Up A-GoGo on Walking Street has announced
that it will be opening soon.
The Dollhouse on Soi 15 will be opening on Friday 10th July.
Bliss A-GoGo will also open on 10th July.
Crystal Club A-GoGo on SOi LK Metro will open on 10th July.
Update: More openings
9th July 2020.
CoCo A-GoGo on Diamond is open and Windmill and Glasshouse are set to open on Friday 10th.
Update: More openings
Palace A-GoGo has been added to the list opening on Friday 10th July.
From July 1, Thai shopping malls, schools and educational institutes will be able to operate as normal, while bars and entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen only if they possess a valid licence, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the
government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said after the committee approved the fifth phase of lockdown relaxation.
Bars, pubs and entertainment venues will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages, but will have to shut shop at
midnight. These night venues are required to ensure customers are seated at least a metre apart, with tables separated by a two-metre space and 1.5-metre-high partitions. Patrons are not allowed to share tables with strangers while servers must wear
masks at all times. Furthermore, frequently touched areas, including toilets, must be cleaned regularly, smoking areas clearly marked and the venues properly ventilated.
Entertainment venues are not allowed to launch any promotions just yet as
these will trigger crowds. These places must screen each customer, provide hand-sanitising gel, limit customers to five per table, not serve alcoholic beverages in shared containers, and install CCTVs, recordings of which should not be deleted for a
month so officers can check the situation periodically. Also, singing and dancing are strictly prohibited.
Each business must register with the ThaiChana platform before reopening.
Meanwhile, massage parlours and spas holding valid licences will
be allowed to reopen, though all customers have to check in using the ThaiChana platform and are required to wear a mask at all times, except during a bath. Spas and massage parlours are required to limit the number of customers and have their
masseurs/masseuses and other employees checked frequently.