Anutin tells Khao San Road operators to forego Songkran water-splashing events

Business operators on Bangkok’s Khao San Road have been told they should forget about holding water-splashing events this Songkran. So says Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, ahead of a meeting of Bangkok’s communicable illness control committee today. This seems set to be the third Songkran in a row throughout which water splashing is banned, with the government ever-wary of triggering one other Covid wave.
The capital’s communicable illness management committee meets later today to decide if companies might be given the go-ahead to hold water-splashing occasions during the Thai New Year holiday. The CCSA beforehand banned such actions, but operators on Khao San Road, together with businesses in Chiang Mai, Pattaya, and Phuket, have submitted a joint petition urging officials to reconsider.
According to a Bangkok Post report, Sa-nga Ruangwatthanakul from the Association of Business Operators on Khao San Road, says folks celebrating Songkran in the capital are more doubtless to spend between 50 and 80 million baht through the 4-day vacation if water-splashing occasions are given the green mild. However, Anutin insists such activities are still too dangerous, calling on companies to be patient.
“This year, other social actions aren’t prohibited, so please be patient for an additional 12 months. We are getting ready to categorise Covid-19 as an endemic illness, so we have to have the cooperation of all stakeholders.”

Suthat Chottanapund from the Institute of Urban Disease Control and Prevention agrees. Suthat, who is also a member of Bangkok’s communicable illness management committee, says water splashing is unlikely to be allowed and that group gatherings are nonetheless not recommended.
“However, the committee is more doubtless to announce the easing of more restrictions, together with alcohol consumption in SHA Plus venues.”

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