The spokesman for Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Dr Taweeslip Wisanuyothin was asked by the media today if it was possible to hold the Songkran festival in July.
He would not give a definitive answer but said it would depend on how the country deals with phase 3 and 4 of the lockdown relief plans.
The spokesman did, however, express concerns regarding the decrease in Thai’s wearing face masks in public. He urged Thai’s to continue wearing masks, keep social distancing themselves and practice good hygiene to ensure new cases do not surface.
The annual Songkran festival could bring some much-needed tourism to Chiang Mai hotels, bars, restaurants and other businesses which have seen a massive decline in revenue since the lockdown began earlier this year.
Once busy areas such as Loi Kroh and Night Bazaar have been almost deserted for the last two months due to the alcohol ban and lack of tourism. Hopefully, in July we will see the return of the Chiang Mai we all know and love.