The Thai Government has warned people that movements will be closely monitored over the weekend leading up to Songkran and that people should refrain from visiting their families or gathering in groups.
The Permanent Secretary for Transport, Chaiwat Tongamkoon, has ordered nationwide monitoring of traffic over the weekend of April 10th to April 12th, leading into the postponed Songkran festival period.
People have been asked to minimize their traveling over the next few days as numerous provinces around Thailand go into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Control over traffic during the upcoming period will “determine if the government would be able to contain the spread of the disease,” Mr. Chaiwat said.
Meanwhile, members of the public have also been warned not to organize parties or gather in groups to drink alcohol, which has been banned in many places including Bangkok.
Government spokesperson, Taweesin Visanuyothin, warned that gathering in groups could lead to prosecution, while police spokesperson, Col Kissana Phathanacharoen, warned violators they will face up to two years in prison.
The police spokesperson said there would be more clarification on the guidelines soon:
“As to a gathering of how many people are considered illegal, we must look at the intentions and what it is for. Is it necessary?”
The police and government also discouraged water fighting, a tradition associated with the Songkran holiday.