Thai authorities to meet Monday for proposal allowing water-splashing activities in tourism heavy areas for Songkran after business owner complaints about ban

Bangkok –

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is planning to propose a plan for Songkran celebrations including the permission to splash water at the next meeting of the Communicable Disease Committee on Monday, March 28th.

Bangkok Permanent Secretary Kajit Chatchawanich told the Associated Press that the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Department would present details of the activities for the Songkran Festival, previously proposed by all governments, private sectors, and entrepreneurs working in Khao San Road and Silom Road, to the Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee meeting which is scheduled on Monday afternoon.

Previously, representatives of the Khaosan Road Business Association and street business operators from major tourist attractions, including Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya, had filed a petition to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), urging the authorities to review and relax some of the preventive measures during the Songkran festival.

The proposal included the relaxation around walking street areas and entertainment districts to allow the water-splashing or similar activities that had been done in the pre-Covid period during the Songkran festival.

The decision would be announced after the meeting next Monday and the BMA would strictly comply and follow the Communicable Disease Committee’s order, the Permanent Secretary stated.

If the BMA gives permission with rules and guidelines, notes TPN, it is likely Pattaya, Phuket, and Chiang Mai could follow and adapt the same rules.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. 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.