British backpackers have been filmed partying inside a police station after being arrested at a bar which was flouting coronavirus rules.
Around 200 people – including travellers from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark – attended the fifth-anniversary party of a beachfront bar on Kho Phangan island on Tuesday evening.
Due to the pandemic bars are not allowed to open past 9pm, and police raided the party just after the curfew was supposed to have started after a tip-off on social media.
A number of revellers fled the scene and managed to escape without punishment.
But police arrested some 110 people, with 89 of them from more than 10 foreign countries.
The travellers then drank and danced inside the police station – without following social distancing guidelines – while the case was processed.
Video footage from the Thai jail shows backpackers lounging on tables, smoking and playing music.
They were also pictured spilling out into the car park as the sun came up the next morning.
Police arrested more than 100 people who were at an illegal beachfront bar party (Picture: ViralPress)
Travellers from the UK were among 89 detained by police who were visiting Thailand from foreign countries (Picture: ViralPress)
Backpackers continued to dance inside the Thai police station after their arrest (Picture: ViralPress)
The original party shows revellers ignoring social distancing rules at a fifth-anniversary party of a beachfront bar on Kho Phangan island on Tuesday evening (Picture: ViralPress)
Bars are not allowed to stay open past 9pm under new Thai Covid-19 regulations imposed from January 5 (Picture: ViralPress)
Police colonel Suparerk Pankosol, superintendent of the provincial immigration office, said: ‘Every venue has to follow the rules, even if it is their fifth anniversary. The event risked spreading Covid-19 and the organisers will be prosecuted.’
Footage from the beach bar party shows how the revellers were dancing, drinking and ignoring social distancing rules.
They were taken to the police station for questioning on suspicion of violating the state emergency act, which carries fines of up to 40,000 baht (£976).
The bar owner and its workers could also be charged with violating the Communicable Disease Act, which could give them a year in jail and a fine of up to 100,000 baht (£2,440).
Those arrested are appearing in court later today.
Thailand saw its cases surge in December which caused officials to implement stricter coronavirus regulations from January 5.
All establishments must close by 9pm, and bars and nightclubs are completely closed in high-risk areas. Individual provinces may decide their own rules in lower-risk areas.
To date, Thailand has seen 15,465 cases of Covid-19 and 76 deaths.
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