July 27 scrapped as special holiday
The cabinet yesterday cancelled the July 27 special holiday announced earlier to boost domestic tourism, out of Covid-19 concerns, deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said.
The cabinet on Dec 29, 2020, declared that July 27 this year, a Tuesday, would be a special holiday, allowing an extra-long weekend from July 24-28.
July 24, 25, 26 and 28 are official holidays -- Saturday July 24 is Asarnha Bucha Day; July 25 the beginning of Buddhist Lent; Monday July 26 is a substitute holiday for Asarnha Bucha Day; and July 28 is the King's birthday. A special holiday on July 27 would have made it a five-day weekend, and spurred people to travel.
However, since the Covid-19 situation is still of great concern, and people should not be encouraged to travel during this period, the cabinet decided to cancel the special holiday, Ms Rachada said.
The cabinet asked government agencies to help people cancel travel tickets and room reservations made in advance.