Thailand: We must have Songkran, says PM

  • Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on 8 Mar 21 insisted that Songkran celebrations be held to revitalise the struggling tourism industry.
  • Gen Prayut said he wanted to see the economy improve and people’s income boosted by tourism activities over the long holiday.
  • He therefore vowed to ease restrictions ahead of the festival so that people had enough time to plan their trips and make hotel reservations.
  • Spokesperson Apisamai Srirangson said the CCSA would meet on 15 Mar 21 to consider rolling out a further relaxation of restrictions in three phases.
  • The first phase starting on 1 Apr 21, the easing would be in line with the government’s vaccination plan with adjustments to the colour-coded status of each province, she said.
  • The second phase will include the lifting of the state of emergency at the end of May 21, and thereafter a reliance on communicable disease laws to contain the virus.
  • From 1 Oct 21, the third phase will likely begin with a further easing of measures, including entry and quarantine requirements for foreign visitors. This phase will coincide with more people having been given their Covid-19 vaccinations.

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