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Bangkok panel allows water sprinkling during Songkran festival


THE Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee today (Mar. 29) allowed traditional Songkran activities including water sprinkling with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha still to approve the rules and regulation, Matichon newspaper said.

CCSA executive panel is expected to pass these regulations on Mar. 31 to take effect the next day, April 1, Mr. Khajit Chatchavanich, permanent secretary of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said.

“The meeting resolved to approve Songkran activities, initially, traditional activities are allowed including sprinkling water.

“However people must comply with the Covid free measures with the use of powder, holding foam parties, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at the event venues still prohibited. 

“Moreover, density at these venues will be controlled at one person per four square metres and participants must all wear a face mask at all times,” he said.

It is still prohibited from splashing water and holding foam parties in public areas such as roads.

Khajit also mentioned that family gatherings should be held in a well-ventilated area with everyone wearing a face mask all the time. People should refrain from close contact and avoid eating together for a long time. Elderly folk should be fully vaccinated before participating in these activities.


Traditional Thai way of celebrating Songkran. Photos: Sanook.com

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