Public Health Ministry threatens to ban fairs due to Covid risk

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A banner reading “Today’s concert is canceled” can be seen at the Sri Narong Stadium, the location of a concert to be held as part of the Elephant Fair in Surin. (Photo from Chang Fair Surin’s Facebook account)

The Department of Public Health issued a stern warning on Sunday that all fairs and other events held across the country could be banned if organizers let their guard down against Covid-19.

Permanent Secretary of Public Health Kiattiphum Wongrajit said all activities with large crowds of people should be organized in accordance with the strict measures to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus approved by the provincial communicable disease committee.

The committee chaired by the provincial governor can order a halt to all ongoing events and prevent all future events from occurring if they pose a risk to the health of the public, he added.

The warning came after Surin abruptly canceled Saturday and Sunday concerts at the elephant fair after spectators packed the shows on Friday. Other provinces are also planning similar fairs to celebrate the New Year.

“The concert organizers have not followed the measures set by the Ministry of Public Health. If they are able to improve their compliance, the provincial communicable disease committee could authorize the resumption of the concerts,” said on Saturday. the governor of Surin, Suwapong Kitipatpiboon.

The performances at Sri Narong Stadium are a highlight of the annual fair which is held in Muang District from December 15 to 26. All event activities are organized by Thanakorn Promotion, according to the show’s Facebook page.

The governor gave the Pattaya Music Festival as an example for Surin organizers to follow, as the resort town limited the number of people allowed into the venue and provided seats that maintain a safe distance between spectators.


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