Friday, August 5 2022

Bangkok Deputy Governor Kriangyod Sudlapa announced that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has canceled all of its 2022 New Year celebration events scheduled between December 21 and January 1.

Bangkok’s 50 districts will also cancel their events, not only entertaining but also religious, in line with BMA’s announcement over the Covid-19 Omicron variant scare.

The Deputy Governor said the WHO has asked countries to cancel some celebrations because Omicron can spread much faster than the Delta variant. Meanwhile, Thailand has also shown a significant increase in Omicron infections over the past few days.

However, the private sector will still be allowed to hold New Year’s Eve countdown festivities under strict precautions as the city hall decided to cancel all the events it had planned to mark the New Year in Bangkok amid the fears of an increase in Omicron cases.

The Secretary General of the National Security Council, General Supoj Malaniyom, in his capacity as Chief of Operations at the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said that the CCSA allows the private sector to continue its plans, but that he must first ask permission.

Citing Covid-19 Omicron infection records on December 22, 27 people have already been confirmed infected with Omicron and 97 more are awaiting confirmation.

The Deputy Governor has also asked the private sector to cancel their events if possible. Otherwise, they must have strict measures to ensure safety.

Public events must follow government-issued measures, including screening event attendees, providing hand sanitizers, maintaining hygiene, ensuring social distancing, and wearing masks. Events must also have a designated separate area or facility for those who may be infected.

It is suggested that ATK tests be used before entering, and only fully vaccinated people should attend an event, Deputy Governor Kriangyod said.

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