Bangkok governor promises to keep partygoers safe on Halloween, Loy Krathong


Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt has instructed all relevant state agencies to ensure the capital does not see a repeat of Seoul’s Halloween tragedy.

He said on Monday that all night entertainment venues had been checked three months ahead of Halloween as there was a concern about their entry points.

Many events are being held across the capital to mark Halloween today, and Loy Kratong on November 8.

Chadchart said the fatal Itaewon Halloween stampede took place because the venue was small and overcrowded. People had rushed to the event because it had been suspended for two years due to the pandemic, he said.

In Bangkok, he said, there are a few risky points that need to be looked at, such as Silom Soi 2, where the entry point is narrow and the lane is filled with shops.

“I coordinated with BMA advisers yesterday and have inspected the area. I urge all sides, including partygoers and operators, to help each other. Everyone is cooperating because they understand there will be a great tragedy if steps are not taken to ensure safety,” he said.

He added that he has instructed his deputies to ensure all safety measures are in place for the Loy Krathong festivities next week.

The governor said all entry points should be clear and the number of stalls reduced to ensure there are clear exit paths.

Chadchart has also ordered strict control on activities like fireworks and measures to stop people from falling into waterbodies while releasing their floats.

He also advised the authorities to install surveillance cameras and set up a command centre to keep an eye on entry points. All district offices have also been instructed to submit a preparation plan.

As a long-term measure, Chadchart said, training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will be provided to members of the public and BMA staff to ensure immediate help is available in times of crisis.

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