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A very small Civid-19 panel is likely to propose a ban on all forms of splashing at this years Songkran festival that is to be held in April. Also the use of powder paste will also be banned.

This year Khao San Road which is probably the most popular splashing sites will be closed.

Khao San Road, one of the popular splashing sites, may also be closed,

Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome said after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The decision to do so lies with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

In conclusion, the Culture Ministry has said that only traditional activities will be allowed during the water festival. This includes giving food to monks, sprinkling Buddha images and paying respects to senior people.

Fun activities, especially splashing and applying powder paste on other people, will have to be skipped amid the emergence of a new cluster, said Mr Itthiphol.

Shops and privately owned establishments will have to continue observing Covid-19 preventive measures.

As for parades, Mr Itthiphol advised discretion and consideration of participant numbers.

Party foams, splashing or other activities at entertainment places will also not be allowed.

The proposals will be submitted to the big committee, or the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, on Friday for further approval.

The six-day Songkran holiday this year is from April 10-15.

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