July Songkran celebrations a possibility

Thai people may, belatedly, be able to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year, or Songkran, in July if the third phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions this month goes smoothly.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said today that the Government might declare special public holidays in July, in lieu of the suspended Songkran holidays in April.

The CCSA has further eased lockdown restrictions, effective today, by allowing 16 business and leisure activities to resume.  The curfew has also been reduced to 11pm to 3am.

Dr. Taweesin said that the CCSA will assess the results of phase three relaxation of the lockdown restrictions this month, adding that, if the epidemic situation improves satisfactorily and people strictly observe the basic guidelines of social distancing, regular hand washing and face mask wearing, it might ask the Government to declare special public holidays in July.

He hinted that the state of emergency might also be lifted in July.

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