May national holidays in Thailand to be postponed

Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome.
Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome.

BANGKOK – The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) plans to postpone national holidays in May to prevent crowd gatherings to curb the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Culture Minister Itthiphol Kunplome said the postponement would be indefinite for the Labour Day on May 1, the Coronation Day on May 4, the Visakha Bucha Day on May 6 and the Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day on May 11.

If the national holidays are not put off, they would otherwise create long holidays and cause crowd gatherings, he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam would propose the CCSA’s decision to the cabinet on April 28 for approval.

The government would later decide on other holidays in lieu of the postponed holidays, Mr Itthipol said.

Besides, CCSA resolved to extend the state of emergency for another month from May 1 to 31 and maintain the 10pm-4am nationwide curfew. It will also make an announcement to permit the resumption of some businesses and conditions for their reopening. (TNA)