In a move to prevent a second wave of infections, Pattaya City has decided to block all access to beaches despite the easing of restrictions.
Jeerawat Sukontasub, chief of the Pattaya Municipality, said municipal authorities and local agencies have blocked nine beach entrances, including the two leading to the 2-kilometre-long Pattaya Beach.
Access to Jomtien, Phra Tamnak, Cozy, Wong Amat and Krating Rai beaches as well as Lan Pho Nakluea Park and the Bali Hai Pier has been blocked.
The areas will be strictly closed off from May 9 to 31 from 9 am to 9 pm daily and officers will be on standby to keep an eye.
Violators will be let off with a warning the first time, but repeat offenders will face a heavy penalty.