Bangkok cancels official new year events due to Omicron Fear
Bangkok cancels official new year events due to Omicron Fear

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has declared that all of its new year countdown celebrations would be cancelled due to the potential rapid spread of the Covid-19 Omicron strain.

All new year's eve festivities, including Buddhist chanting organised by the BMA in all 50 districts, would be cancelled, according to Deputy Governor of Bangkok Kriangyos Sudlabha, according to several media outlets. Private gatherings, on the other hand, are still permitted as planned, but each event must employ more stringent anti-Covid-19 procedures, including as screening, cleaning, and social distancing rules, according to Kriangyos.

All guests must provide confirmation of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours of the event, and organisers must set up emergency quarantine quarters at the site if any illnesses are discovered, he added. More than 100 instances of the Omicron variant had been recorded in the nation as of December 22, with many others awaiting confirmation.

Since December 22, Thailand has temporarily halted the registration of foreign tourists for quarantine exemptions in order to prevent the spread of the new highly dangerous variant.

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