Government to look into measures for Songkran festival


The Cabinet will discuss whether Songkran Festival will be celebrated freely this year or if preventive measures will be put in place.

According to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, hotels were overbooked and a huge number of people traveled during the last long weekend at the end of February but no new Covid-19 cases emerged.

The lack of new infections, Prayut said, was because people were cooperative — wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and keeping their hands clean.

He said the Cabinet will consider if people should be allowed to freely enjoy the festival or if precautionary measures will be observed this year.

The Prime Minister said it may open the door to new infections if people flock together to splash water on each other, adding that new infections will have a ripple effect nationwide, The Nation reported.

Songkran, the Thai new year, is marked from April 13 to 15.

Source: The Nation

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