BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand say they have arrested 89 foreigners for violating coronavirus regulations at a party organized by a bar on a popular resort island. The raid on the Three Sixty Bar on Koh Phangan also netted 22 Thais, including one identified as the bar’s owner and another who sold drinks there. An immigration police official says the gathering was illegal under a national state of emergency declared last March to combat the coronavirus. Those arrested are from more than 10 countries, including the U.S., Britain, Switzerland and Denmark. Koh Phangan is a popular destination for young backpackers and is known especially for its Full Moon beach parties. However, Thailand has barred virtually all tourists from entering the country since last April.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Here’s one more thing the coronavirus pandemic has ruined for at least some people: betting on the Super Bowl. The American Gaming Association predicts the number of people planning to make a bet on the big game will decrease this year. That’s because many people still haven’t returned to work settings, where office pools are filled out, and because fewer plan to bet at in-person sports books including casinos and horse tracks. But Tuesday’s report also predicts the rapid growth of legal sports betting in the U.S. should easily smash records in terms of the amount wagered online on the Super Bowl.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Politically active pets are out of luck in New Hampshire, where some lawmakers have been told to keep their cats and dogs out of the room when they log on for remote hearings. Rep. Anita Burroughs, a Democrat from Glen, said her cats, Yoshi and Jack, were among several pets that appeared on screen during Wednesday’s House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee meeting. Later, a colleague later passed along a message from the committee’s Republican chairman that pets are prohibited going forward. But Rep. John Hunt said later he didn’t ban pets, he simply asked whether it was appropriate to have them on screen.