Songkran water splashing will be allowed at some venues

BANGKOK: The government has said water splashing events for this year’s Songkran festival will be allowed in some venues, but not in open areas.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said yesterday (27 March) authorities would allow splashing events under strict precautionary measures to prevent transmissions of COVID-19.

These events must be held in dedicated places without allowing the consumption of alcohol or the use of talc. Splashing water in public spaces is also banned this year, reports NST.

Thanakorn added that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha had expressed concern over potential COVID transmissions during the long holidays, as large numbers of people are expected to return to their home provinces.

He urged the general public, especially the elderly, to get vaccinated for their safety. People planning to reunite with their families are in the meantime encouraged to adhere to personal protective measures and take an antigen test before travelling.

Additionally, commercial operators in popular walking streets in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya will apply to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to allow splashing of water on their sites.

Sanga Ruangwattanakul, chairman of the Khao San Business Association, said the proposal will include event plans and security measures such as screening and capacity control.

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