Bangkok cancels official New Year’s Eve events
Bangkok authorities have cancelled official New Year celebrations in the capital and are asking private establishments and businesses to follow suit
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is cancelling official New Year celebrations, New Year celebrations and prayer ceremonies due to fears over the spread of the omicron variant coronavirus in Thailand, Bangkok Deputy Governor Kriangios Sudlabha told a Situation Centre meeting.
The decision to cancel the festivities follows the recommendations of the World Health Organization, which called for the worldwide elimination of New Year’s celebrations to contain the pandemic, Kriangios explained.
The Thai government is urging the private sector to reconsider organizing mass festivities related to the countdown to the New Year, especially major ones such as the planned “kountdowns” at IconSiam and CentralWorld shopping malls.
It remains unclear to what extent private holiday organisers and other public institutions will be asked to follow the metropolitan administration’s example. There is currently no information on whether these previously planned celebrations will be held at all.
However, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced its intention to certainly hold a big New Year’s Eve event with a countdown, even despite the necessary increase in health and safety measures.
“The show must go on” to show the world that Thailand is still strong in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Tourism Authority of Thailand head Yutasak Supasorn told reporters.
The event planned by the Tourism Authority will be in line with the government’s mandate to create a skin-free environment at the celebration. Therefore, the event will be held outdoors with strict admission rules for the isolated area, Yutasak explained.
Only fully vaccinated participants will be allowed to attend the event and all visitors must register and take a test in advance before they can enter the New Year’s Eve party. All performers, staff and event organisers must also take an antigen test.
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