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Information chaos with the water throwing during the upcoming Songkran festival

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Information chaos with the water throwing during the upcoming Songkran festival

The Thai government said over the weekend that spraying water will be allowed in some locations during this year’s Songkran festival…but not in public areas. 

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana told the press that authorities will allow water spraying under strict Covid19 prevention measures. Such events may take place in designated locations where alcohol is prohibited and no talcum powder may be used.

Thanakorn has not explained exactly which places the government is referring to. Spraying with water in public spaces, on the other hand, will remain banned this year for the third year in a row. The spokesman added that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed concern about possible Covid19 spreads during the long holiday as many people will travel back to their home provinces to celebrate the Thai New Year with their families.

He called on the public, especially older people, to get vaccinated against Covid-19 for their safety. People planning family reunions, meanwhile, are encouraged to take personal protective measures and undergo an antigen test before traveling. In addition, operators of popular pedestrian promenades in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya must apply to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to allow the spraying of water at their sites, causing discussion in circles and information chaos such as is usually perfect.

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