Public allowed to carefully hold New Year parties and events

THE Department of Disease Control said today (Dec. 15) that people may hold New Year parties and events because there is no coronavirus outbreak in Thailand but must still observe preventive measures, reported.

Mr. Opas Karnkawinpong, the director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said key preventive measures including social distancing, wearing face masks and temperature checks must be maintained to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

People may dance on the dance floor in front of the stage but it must not get too crowded, he said, while suggesting that party and event organizers place audience seats at least two metres apart.

Moreover Chinese restaurant tables should be three metres apart and not too many people seated at each table.

Opas also warned that organizers must ask for permission to hold a party or event because other laws aside from public health also apply and among them is one controlling loud noise.

Organizers also have to arrange for the scanning of Thai Chana QR code at entrances and exits so that partygoers could be tracked down should this be necessary.


Top: Opas talking to the reporters today, at left, and chairs properly spaced at a recent function, at right. Thai headline says, “can hold New Year parties.” Photo:

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