Reader Talkback: What sort of rules/guidelines should take place for Songkran 2021 in Pattaya?

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The following is our weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and get their insight and opinions. We then share their feedback a week later and pick a variety of diverse and interesting responses.

This week, we want to ask you what guidelines or rules should be set in place for Songkran 2021 in Pattaya after the Thai Government made the announcement last week that events would be allowed, although would require rules and guidelines. This was followed shortly after by the Pattaya Mayor stating Songkran, including the “Big Day” of April 19th would take place but that rules and guidelines were being planned, although water splashing was likely to be allowed but “toned-down” and with Covid-19 guidelines.

We aren’t asking if you agree or disagree with the event taking place or if it should, as we did that a few weeks ago.

We are asking, assuming the event goes ahead, which it seems that it will unless another round of Covid-19 infections breaks out in Chonburi, what rules and guidelines should take place? How should it be enforced? What would you suggest? Authorities do read us on a daily basis and are discussing rules and restrictions over the next few weeks.

Would you suggest no water play at all? Limit numbers of people into designated water play zones with tracking? Only allow religious events? Cancel larger events and allow only smaller bars to play (Ramayana has already announced a major concert)? Reduce the number of days of water play for easier tracking? Ban ice as cold water could make the virus spread more if it is here? Ban water guns and only allow buckets or bowls? Ban pickup trucks full of people shooting water…or encourage them as they separate people from each other on the street? We want to hear your opinion.

Let us know in comments, on our social media, or mail us at Pattayanewseditor@gmail.com. we look forward to hearing from you and will publish the results next week.

An article of interest/related:

Thai Minister of Culture says Songkran can be celebrated next month, with precautionary measures for Covid-19

 

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