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Virus dries up Songkran for beach town

Mar 05. 2020
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By THE NATION

In a foretaste of what could become a national trend, the mayor of a popular beach town in Chonburi has curtailed next month’s Songkran festivities due to the risk of Covid-19 contagion.

Narongchai Kunplome, the mayor of Saensuk, broke the bad news on Facebook on Thursday (March 5).

“We’re asking everyone not to splash water because it could spread the virus,” he wrote.

Nor will the municipal office be hosting the traditional Wan Lai Bangsaen Festival on April 16-17, an event that draws large crowds with its stupa sand sculptures and other activities.

Finally, he said, no trucks laden with water for revellers will be allowed to use Long Had Bangsaen and Bangsaen Lang roads during the Songkran holiday. 

“We want to keep those roads open for everyone to use, especially those who need to visit Burapha University Hospital.”

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