11 July 2024

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will hold a “new normal” Songkran celebration on April 12th, 13th and 14th, in the plaza in front of Central World shopping mall in the capital’s Ratchaprasong commercial district, but with no splashing of water.

BMA Deputy Permanent Secretary Chalermphol Chotinuchit said today (Saturday) that the BMA has decided to revive the Songkran celebration this year, to help boost tourism and to stimulate economic recovery while preserving tradition and culture.

He added, however, that the celebration will be held with anti-COVID-19 health measures taken into account.

Some of the measures to be introduced include a limit of 800 on the number of people in the celebration venue and splashing water will not be permitted, he said, adding that if more than 800 want to attend, there will be a seating area in which they can wait for their turn to enter the celebration venue.

All those who enter will be screened and will have to wear face masks all the time. The food and products zone will be separated by a partition from the celebration venue and the vendors will be subject to extra safety measures. For instance, they must wear hats and gloves. Social distancing is to be strictly observed.