Revellers and water fights are absent from Silom Road, one of Bangkok’s top destinations for the Songkran festival, on April 13, 2020, due to the Covid-19 outbreak. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
A long holiday in July is being considered to make up for the cancellation of Songkran festivities, if the Covid-19 situation allows it.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Monday that a holiday for the deferred Songkhan period is possible next month on condition of low numbers of coronavirus cases.
"July could be a period to make up for Songkran if everything goes well," he added.
The government delayed the Thai new year festival holiday from April 13-15 until further notice due to fears large gatherings and the homecoming of revellers could make the virus outbreak worse.
The drop in new cases and deaths, the possible end of the emergency decree and a government attempt to promote local tourism have raised hopes that a long holiday replacing Songkran could be imminent.
condition : something that must be done before another thing can happen - เงื่อนไข
deferral (noun): the action of delaying something until a later time - การยืดเวลา
emergency decree (noun): a situation where the government takes on special powers in a dangerous situation and the rights of the people are often limited in some way - ประกาศภาวะฉุกเฉิน
imminent : happening soon - ที่จะเกิดขึ้่นเร็วๆนี้
make up for : to replace something that was lost - แทนที่, แทน
outbreak : the sudden start of a disease - การระบาดของโรค
until further notice : indefinite; until announced; for a period of time with no fixed end - ไม่มีข้อกำหนด