By THE NATION
Officers from Ao Nang police station were called to investigate reports of a public gathering at a house in the beachside subdistrict. They arrived at the scene to find the party in full swing, with eight people swigging alcohol outside a house, in flagrant violation of Krabi’s Emergency Decree lockdown to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The group comprised four Thai women aged 28-45 and four Scandinavian men – Norwegian nationals aged 62 and 63, and Swedes aged 65 and 74. Police found them with assorted alcoholic beverages, soda water, carbonated drinks and a bucket of ice.
The group were charged with violating the Emergency Decree on Public Administration BE2548, which prohibits public assembly or any act that disturbs public peace and order.