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Songkran holidays to be postponed in attempt to 'limit public movement'

Mar 16. 2020
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By THE NATION

A meeting of the Covid-19 Administration Centre, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, approved a motion to postpone the Songkran holidays from April 13-15 to later dates, deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Thanadirek said today (March 16).

Ratchada said the meeting cited the reason of “increasing social distance” and “minimising public movement both domestically and internationally”.

“The compensating holidays will be announced later,” she added.

It has also agreed to close all venues with a capacity for more than 50 people, such as entertainment premises, boxing stadiums, and universities.

The Public Health Ministry's proposals will be submitted to the Cabinet tomorrow (March 17). Once approved, the Interior Ministry will issue rules and guidelines on a temporary closure of these venues for an appropriate period, such as 14 days.

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