Historical parks, ancient sites closed until May 9

Prasat Phanom Rung, in Buri Ram's Chalerm Phra Kiat district. (Photo: Surachai Piragsa)

The Fine Arts Department has issued an order closing all historical and ancient sites under its jurisdiction from April 26-May 9, to help contain the current surge of Covid-19 infections.

The sites ordered closed included the National Library in Bangkok and national museums, historical sites requiring admission fees and national archives in Bangkok and other provinces across the country.

Director-general Prateep Pengtako said filming at ancient sites which had received prior permission is allowed, with the number of crew limited to 10. Film crews must strictly comply with measures imposed to curb the spread of the virus, he added.

In Buri Ram province in the lower Northeast, the closure of two historical sites was confirmed - Prasat Phanom Rung in Chalerm Phra Kiat district and Prasat Muang Tam in Prakhon Chai district. 

Chamlong Luamthonglang, an official of Phanom Rung Historical Park, said during the closure the two sites would be disinfected. Shops selling souvenirs and other goods had also been asked to close, he said.

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