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Phuket Songkran allowed, but stay in your subdistrict, says Governor

Phuket Songkran allowed, but stay in your subdistrict, says Governor

PHUKET: All subdistricts in Phuket will be under “lockdown” orders by this coming Monday (Apr 13) and people will be allowed to celebrate Songkran**, but not travel to other parts of the island, the Phuket Governor has announced.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 8 April 2020, 04:10PM

People in Phuket wil be allowed to celebrate Songkran, but must stay within their subdistrict, the Governor explained. Photo: Seed Church Thailand

People in Phuket wil be allowed to celebrate Songkran, but must stay within their subdistrict, the Governor explained. Photo: Seed Church Thailand

** A full update on the rules and expected behaviour of people observing Songkran has been posted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department. See story here.

APOLOGY: The original photo posted with this story has been replaced as it led people to believe that mass water play would be allowed. It is not.

The photo originally shown with this article was a grievous error in judgement. We apologise for any misundertstanding this may have caused.

Patong, Karon, Chalong, Rawai, Kathu and Srisoonthorn subdistricts are already under lockdown orders, rolled out of the past week.

All remaining subdistricts, or “tambon” in Thai, will be under lockdown order for 14 days starting Monday, Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana explained in a televised interview with state broadcaster MCOT.

The interview went live on the MCOT HD 30 TV channel at midday today (Apr 8).

Phuket is the first province in the country to announce such a measure to try to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus while allowing Songkran celebrations to continue, Governor Phakaphong said.


Door-to-door checks, such as those conducted in Patong this week, will be carried out islandwide, he added.

“Next, we will work together with health officials and police to check every house, check people’s body temperatures and question people about their activities to track down any possible infections of COVID-19,” he explained.

“The police will be involved because they are experienced in questioning people and identifying people who are not telling the truth,” he said.

Phuket’s leading health officials believe that the worst of the infection spread across the island will be over by the end of the month, Governor Phakaphong noted.

“The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee estimates that the situation will be better by April 30,” he said.

“Meanwhile, there are still about 3,000 foreign tourists in Phuket. I was informed of this number by Phuket Immigration. Many of these people still want to leave Phuket. 

“Last night (Apr 7), about 500 people left Phuket on a flight organised by foreign embassies,” he added.

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Rorri_2 | 10 April 2020 - 19:22:46

Replace "that" with "think."

Rorri_2 | 10 April 2020 - 19:20:27

Pascale, you don't that goldwing may have been inferring water throwing won't, you wouldn't  even try to understand,  because it doesn't suit you to.

Pascale | 10 April 2020 - 12:50:02

@Rorri2/GFY   I said water splashing isn't allowed ! Never suggested everyone would follow that order. You seeing things I never wrote.Changing from a mobile to a tablet or a good sized monitor could be helpful.

Rorri_2 | 10 April 2020 - 10:05:57

Jor12/Pascale "And who says throwing water at each other is allowed," are you suggesting no water, possibly touched by contaminated hands, won't be thrown.

Sandbar | 09 April 2020 - 20:14:06

On such a day Songkran should be celerbrated within the guide lines. Dates are set buy governments as a review to the current situation at hand. People need time lines whether they are fact or fiction. If the government did not give hope to the people there would be anxiety and unrest! We are all facing this horrible mess together, lets start hearing some positive feed back for a change! 


friend | 09 April 2020 - 15:01:03

to relax people open the beach please,with the rules to wear the mask,you can walk, but not stay or seat at the beach,and allow to pass the beach only for swimming,thank you for your attention

Pascale | 09 April 2020 - 13:57:17

@quinault.  Easy to see who is in control in your relationship. But do you really need to tell us about your private problems ?My advice: Finish with her and stay home alone.That way you will be save !Good luck !

Pascale | 09 April 2020 - 13:50:08

@goldwing   Is it really that hard for you to understand the rules ? Of course you can still go to a hospital. And who says throwing water at each other is allowed ?Didn't  you read the ground rules for Songkran published on here.Jeez mate, go get some sleep and read all the articles again.

Christy Sweet | 09 April 2020 - 10:25:42

Bloomberg reporting Phuket infection rate at 36 per 100, 000 while  Bangkok is at 21. This easing of basic protocol will cost in every way.

quinault11 | 09 April 2020 - 10:19:45

the shut down both the island and kathu is nt true. Please do what you annouced. My girl's relative can still go in and out the bridge. And I can still go to kathu everyday. Please save us by the rule you show. I'm afraid. I don't want my GF go to kathu to have meal with her family who just go outboard of island

goldwing | 09 April 2020 - 06:29:07

only in this country would they lock everything down but allow  people to throw water at each other, just shows the level of intelligence in this administration  

goldwing | 09 April 2020 - 03:30:37

so you cant leave your sub district , how do you get to a hospital morons?

H2538 | 08 April 2020 - 21:49:31

Is it possible......

Kurt | 08 April 2020 - 21:41:22

SEC2, this Virus Pandemic sure is not over by April 30th. Just the idea. Hehehe. Anyone who has a bit analytical brain substance will realise that. It is a Pandemic, not a local thing. It will take many more months. Face it, by April 30th they will not having the Epic centre Patong under control. To many foreign and local entertainment ladies not yet taken out of Phuket/Patong rotation.

Nasa12 | 08 April 2020 - 19:39:25

This most be a fake news. 

Jason | 08 April 2020 - 19:35:03

Good luck on Bangla Road where everyone is standing like sardines in a barrel

Rorri_2 | 08 April 2020 - 17:03:54

I don't really know what to say.

DeKaaskopp | 08 April 2020 - 16:52:37

Allowing to celebrate Songkran would be counterproductive. What a stupid decision.

friend | 08 April 2020 - 16:48:44

yes, but now open the beach for each district only,allow to walk with the mask and swimming the 10 april is soon, tks

SEC2 | 08 April 2020 - 16:40:46

And the worst will be over by April 30?  

SEC2 | 08 April 2020 - 16:38:22

What!  Can you Fact Check this please.  This makes absolutely no sense.  They close the airport, close the bridge, close the ports, close the borders between sub-districts, curfew, close the restaurants and stores, BUT they are going to allow people to go into the streets and throw water on each other???


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