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Officials mull over new guidelines for this year’s Songkran water festival

Tanutam Thawan

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With Thailand’s massive water festival, Songkran, set to go on next month, officials are now mulling over potential guidelines to help reduce the risk of Covid-19. The culture minister says there is talk of setting up so-called “water play” areas that allow the water fights and splashes with a Covid-19 check-in at the entrance. Pattaya News says face shields, goggles and raincoats could be required in the splash zones, but the idea is still being discussed.

The Thai new year has become an annual water fight with massive events in popular tourist destinations like Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Culture minister Itthiphol Khunplume says the “water play” zones are likely to be set up in areas with major events. In a previous report, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said people will need to abide by social distancing rules during the festival.

The government is also reviewing disease control guidelines for traditional activities like pouring scented water over religious objects and monk processions.

The Pattaya News says the government plans to hold a meeting next Monday to discuss Songkran guidelines as well as other Covid-related subjects like the length of the mandatory quarantine for travellers entering Thailand.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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    Bobby B

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    And who should overlook these “water play” zones? The police?

    I would bet that one week before songkran, it well be canceled in whole Thailand.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Difficult to maintain much credibility if you ban protests but allow Songkran “festivities”.

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Stupidity just flows from these people like water.

    Yeah, right. That’ll work.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    I think you are finally reallsing the authorities in Thailand are incompetent clowns John.
    Please, no more defending them . . .

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    Anthony Gallagher

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Since this is an air Bourne desease carried from person to person through the air from droplets this is not a good idea i suggets you wear masks ear plugs goggles or better still stay away!!

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    Ynwaps

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 2:17 am

    I only wonder if people are going to get their long-awaited rain or get sprayed down with blue-laced water. Time will tell

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    zig

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4:15 am

    who will monitor this?

    wo will actually follow these rules?

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    funny coz its true

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:01 am

    I would rather shave my balls with a broken beer bottle.

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