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Songkran fully cancelled in Bangkok amid Covid-19 outbreaks

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All Songkran festival activities throughout every district of the Bangkok province have been officially cancelled to prevent more outbreaks of Covid-19. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced this difficult decision today in light of a rise in Coronavirus infection clusters around the country. Many of these outbreaks have been directly linked to entertainment venues, nightclubs and bars, including in Bangkok’s Thong Lor and Ekkamai areas. These venues are easy targets for Covid-19 spread as they often don’t follow mask-wearing and social distancing measures, and many are poorly ventilated, making a fertile breeding ground for transmission.

Deputy Governor Kriangyos Sudlabha announced the closure of all entertainment venues on Bangkok nightlife hub Khaosan Road before Songkran from April 7 to 12. Free Covid-19 testing will also be provided to all merchants in the Khaosan area.

“The Songkran activities at Lan Khon Meuang Plaza in Phra Nakhon district will be cancelled. These include an alms-giving ceremony and pouring water on the Buddha image and elders as blessings. Furthermore, activities scheduled to be held in other districts by the district office will also be cancelled. As for public and private organisations which cannot cancel their planned Songkran festivities, the BMA urges them to employ strict measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

Iconic massive public Songkran water fights in Bangkok and throughout Thailand, where thousands usually fill the streets and joyously spray each other with water to celebrate, are definitely out. But the new announcement curbs a lot of more traditional and calm activities from taking place in large public gathering areas. The deputy governor advises for traditional ceremonies to be performed at home, rather than at temples or public locations.

“During the Songkran festival, we advise people to perform the ceremony of pouring water on Buddha images and elders at home and avoid going out to crowded areas. If you have to travel, make sure to wear a face mask at all times, maintain at least a one-metre distance from others and wash your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser.”

SOURCE: The Nation Thailand

 

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    Glenn

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    “If you have to travel, make sure to wear a face mask at all times, maintain at least a one-metre distance from others and wash your hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser.””

    oh shoot, rub alcohol sanitizer all over your face and soak your face diaper in it regularly too. dooooonnn’t come near anyone either, ya know, they’re probably silent killers.

    clusters, hot spots, outbreaks, break outs, (what about break-ins?). and any place adults go to have a little fun is a breeding ground for the devil virus.
    “Why is that?”
    BECAUSE WE TOLD YOU IT IS NOW SHUT UP AND OBEY or well be forced to weld you inside your homes like the communist chinese did! Peon. WE WEAR UNIFORMS AND WHITE COATS…. do you!?

    NEVER question our authority! (no mater how ridiculous it sounds or is)

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    Bill

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    L.M.A.O

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    WOW !!! so you can do something right after all…But little too late horse bolted

    Good Luck Thailand

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    dee lee

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Songkran cancelled ! There is a God !

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    Slugger

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Glenn, sorry to burst your bubble, but no-one was welded in their apartment in China. Yes the media lied to you barefaced.

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    Baroness

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 1:52 am

    You don’t have to burst my bubble, Slugger.

    https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1703503427818
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-quarantine-idUSKCN20G0AY
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/world/asia/coronavirus-china-wuhan-quarantine.html

    In conclusion EVERYBODY lies, no truth anywhere. So let’s go back to normal life.

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    Geoff

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:05 am

    You’re right Glenn. Calm down. Now just lie down. The rest of the world is wrong.

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    Mike White

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Deep Lee it’s only canceled in Bangkok the idiots in charge won’t cancel it country wide. It would be nice if all the provincel goveners would take responsibility and cancel it in their provinces

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    J West

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    “Can’t cancel their events” seriously? There’s still three days before Songkran begins and maybe to stop a repeat of the 2019 Chinese Golden Week” fiasco.

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    Craig

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I’m guessing the “face diapers” are ok wearing their Depends 555

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    Craig

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    “A recent Suan Dusit poll shows that 43.9% say they won’t get involved in local Songkran activities this year.” After the first year of fun, I have been in that 43.9% since.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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