Due to the new COVID-19 clusters found in entertainment venues located in Thong Lor areas and the disease had spread rapidly to other areas resulted in the rising number of infections, Mr. Kriangyos Sudlabha, Deputy Governor of Bangkok, revealed that, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, the BMA decided to cancel the BMA annual Songkran Thai New Year event at the Civic Plaza in front of Bangkok City Hall. This includes the ritual of bathing the revered Phra Buddha Sihing; the ritual of morning food donation to Buddhist monks or alms giving ceremony; ceremony of pouring water onto the elderly’s palms and asking for their blessings; and other events organized by district offices and other BMA organizations. This aims to prevent mass gatherings and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The BMA also requested for kind cooperation from public and private organizations in the areas of Bangkok Metropolis to consider organizing Songkran events and activities, if unable to cancel, with great care to prevent the spread of disease.

The BMA recommends the people to perform the ritual of bathing or sprinkling water on Buddha statue at home; avoid going to crowded public places; and if possible, the ritual of pouring scented water onto the palms and feet of parents and other respected elders should be canceled to practice physical and social distancing. In addition, the people are requested to cooperate and strictly comply with COVID-19 prevention measures such as to wear surgical or fabric face mask every time before leaving home or when staying with others; to apply social or physical distancing of at least 1 meter from other people; to wash hands with soap and water, alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel; and to avoid sharing a drinking glass. In case of traveling to other provinces, it is important to learn more about rules for entering the areas of each province and be careful while driving and pay maximum attention while on the road.

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