Skating in traditional costumes on a historic route
A Phalang Pracharat Party-list MP, Wathanya Wong-ophasi, and rapper Aphisit “Joey Boy” Ophas-iamlikhit on Sunday led a group of skaters in Thai traditional costumes in cruising around the Rattanakosin Island in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district.
The event was called “Rattana Go Surf” and was organised by the Ministry of Culture in association with Joey Boy’s Facebook group for skating and skateboarding enthusiasts. It aimed to promote Thai arts and culture as well as skating and skateboarding sports along the historic route around the Rattanakosin Island of more than four kilometres.
Over 300 singers, actors and general public joined in the event in their Thai traditional costumes and skates of choice.
As the event was shared via social media, some netizens questioned the legality of the event, especially regarding the violation of the Communicable Disease Control Act.
Wathanya reportedly responded that she had requested the permission from Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration as well as coordinated with related authorities to provide police officers, traffic volunteers and three ambulances to ensure the safety of all participants.
“Some participants took their face masks off while skating or when taking photos, but after they reached the destination or finished their shot, they put their masks back on,” she said.
“Besides, skating is a non-contact sport played in open areas, which is already in line with the social distancing practice.”