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Songkran in July? Government hints at holiday next month

by Maak Ditsungnern
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Songkran in July Government hints at holiday next month
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The Thai Government has hinted at the possibility of a rescheduled Songkran holiday in July if coronavirus cases remain low throughout this month.

During yesterday’s covid-19 briefing, Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said that the government is considering declaring a special holiday next month to replace the postponed Songkran festival which was due to take place in April.

However, the CCSA spokesman mentioned that any declaration of a rescheduled Songkran would be reliant on the success of the third phase of easing restrictions which came into effect on Monday.

If the reopening of businesses, beaches, venues, and facilities proves a success and coronavirus cases remain low over the coming weeks, Dr. Visanuyothin confirmed that a traditional Songkran celebration is possible in July.

It is widely expected that the government will end the state of emergency in July and lift all restrictions that remain in place including the closure of some attractions and businesses, and the ban on incoming international flights.

Yesterday, the cabinet approved three executive decrees worth 1.9 trillion baht in financial aid to assist with the post-virus revitalization of the Thai economy.

Source: CTN