There will be no extra holidays in this year’s Songkran Festival, said government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.
In a meeting on Tuesday, the government approved that Songkran holidays will be kept to three days — from April 13-15.
Combining the weekend of April 16-17, however, the festival will still be a five-day holiday.
According to Thanakorn, additional holidays before and after Songkran were sometimes announced in the past to help promote tourism. But due to the highly infectious Omicron variant, the government decided to limit the number of holidays to prevent an increase in infections during interprovincial travel.
He said that PM Prayuth Chan-ocha ordered all relevant agencies to organize Songkran activities only under strict disease control measures to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further, adding that “The Public Health Ministry also reported that it had drafted additional measures to be implemented during the holidays to ensure people’s safety from the disease.”
Thanakorn also said that he Public Health, Tourism & Sports and Culture ministries in the next government meeting will discuss the measures to ensure that they can be enforced at Songkran activities nationwide.
Source: The Nation
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