TOURISTS are banned from splashing water at some of Thailand’s most popular holiday spots – and violators can face up to two years in prison.
Water splashing is a traditional part of Thailand’s annual Songkran celebration, which takes place on April 13-15 this year.
However, Thailand still has strict Covid rules in effectwith face masks being mandatory in most situations.
The ban on water throw events stems from the fact that tourists are unlikely to wear face masks when throwing water at each other.
The Prime Minister of Thailand has expressed concern over the splashing and asked his government to visit tourist hotspots to remind visitors of a recent ban on water throwing.
Anyone violating current public health safety rules can be fined a maximum of 40,000 baht – the equivalent of around £900 – or face up to two years in prison.
In some cases, the punishment could result in someone being fined AND imprisoned under the anti-Covid emergency decree.
In addition, lawbreakers could face an additional fine of up to 20,000 baht – around £451 – under the Communicable Disease Control Act.
Some elements of the traditional celebrations can still take place under strict protocols.
However, it is reported that where mass gatherings are allowed to take place, there will be no foam parties, sale or consumption of alcohol.
However, recent images show that revelers have been ignoring the official advice – or may just have been unaware.
Government officials have been dispatched to visit tourist hotspots like Phuket and spread the word about the safety restrictions in place.
Thai tourists and locals celebrate the festival – which takes place in April, which is the hottest year of the month in Thailand.
Tourists spray each other with water pistols on Khaosan Road in Bangkok.
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