Si Sa Ket has suspended its religious ceremonies, including “Bun Bang Fai”, or the rocket festival, to contain the spread of Covid-19, Governor Wattana Phutthachat said today (May 5).
He explained that every year the rocket festival takes place in the northeastern provinces from April 20 to May 20, when people light rockets to ask Mother Nature for enough rainfall.
“Many provinces have announced that they are suspending religious ceremonies as the government has extended the State of Emergency until May 31,” Wattana said.
“Therefore, we would like to ask all parties to suspend the organisation of annual festivals, including the rocket festival, to reduce the risk of people gathering and contracting Covid-19,” he added.
Obey social distancing rule or lockdown will return, Wissanu warns
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam warned on Tuesday (May 5) that the lockdown would be re-imposed if people continue to ignore the social distancing measure.
He mentioned photos showing people were flouting the restriction as they competed to buy alcoholic beverages after the lockdown was eased on Sunday, and warned that everyone had to be more cautious.
“Responsible organisations are evaluating the situation. If the outbreak starts again, all shopping malls and other venues must be closed,” Wissanu said.
He said that each governor had to appraise the seriousness of the local Covid-19 situation before making decisions for their provinces, but they needed to follow the main central-government directives.
Wissanu said that the government would wait for 14 days while medical experts assessed the effect of easing the lockdown.
“However, if any place cannot follow the Public Health Ministry’s measures, the government will shut it down immediately,” he warned.