No, Loy Krathong is not canceled, says Thai Government spokesperson

Bangkok –

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha has agreed to allow organizing Loy Krathong events nationwide next week, the government spokesperson said this afternoon, November 9th.

This came after disputed reports from some media, although not our own, earlier this afternoon.

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, the government’s spokesperson, revealed to the Associated Press after the Thai cabinet meeting today that the Prime Minister did not order the cancellation of Loy Krathong events as previously reported on some media and restated his previous decision of organizing such events.

Thanakorn stated to the press: “We’d like to clarify details in previous news stating that the Prime Minister ordered the cancellation of Loy Krathong events. That was a  misunderstanding. The Prime Minister never said this.”

“However, Loy Krathong events must be prepared and arranged under the preventive measures of Public Health Ministry at all times. Communicable Disease Committees in each province and Governors can make decisions as to the size and scope of events and, indeed, cancel them entirely if they choose to do so though.” Thanakorn concluded.

Pattaya City has planned a Loy Krathong festival on November 19th and as of press time the festival, primarily with vendors and markets on Beach Road, will continue as previously scheduled.

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.