Two executives of Hua Hin pub blamed for COVID-19 cluster get 3 months in prison
Two executives of the Maya pub, in Thailand’s Hua Hin resort town, which was the epicenter of cluster of over 1,000 COVID-19 infections following an illegal concert held there in March, have been sentenced to three months in prison without suspension by the Prachuap Khiri Khan provincial court, said the provincial governor, Mr. Pallop Sinhaseni today (Saturday).
The company which owns the pub, Maya Music Entertainment Company, was also fined 40,000 baht by for breaches of the Communicable Disease Act, while the two executives, Chalee Srithongkul and Komkrit Pilakong, were personally fined 20,000 baht each.
Both Chalee and Komkrit were released on bail of 30,000 baht each.
The concert, featuring popular Thai artist “Joey Boy”, was held on the night of March 30th and was attended by about 1,500 mostly young people, some of whom are thought to have been infected with COVID-19 unknowingly. Ultimately, more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases were directly linked to the pub.
After the concert, the senior deputy district chief of Hua Hin district was transferred to Kui Buri district and a disciplinary probe was launched by the governor. The Hua Hin police superintendent, Pol Col Paitoon Promkhien was also moved to an “inactive post”, at the operations centre of the provincial police office, pending the outcome of another investigation.
Governor Pallop said that the premises, in which the Maya public was located, will not be permitted to be used as a pub again.