THE Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) will review the banning of water splashing during Songkran festival this year after Khaosan Road Business Association and other walking street networks in key cities such as Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya filed a complaint to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Matichon newspaper said this afternoon (Mar. 24).
Mr. Kajit Chatchavanich, BMA’s permanent secretary, said Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee will reconsider the issue on Monday Mar. 28 and its decision will be final with an announcement to be made to all 50 districts the next day.
Everything will be discussed at this meeting including the venues and festival activities with the decision to be based on what is best for Bangkok and its people and that Covid-19 outbreak improves and not deteriorates, he added.
It was earlier announced that this year’s Bangkok Songkran festival, taking place during April 12-14, will be held at the plaza in front of Central World, Ratchaprasong intersection, to maintain and promote Thai culture and traditions with no water splashing allowed.
Revellers enjoying Songkran festival in Bangkok in previous years. Top photo: Sanook.com, Home Page photo: Naewna