Bangkok is preparing for the Loy Krathong festival, celebrated across the city on November 19th, with strict COVID-19 measures in place.
Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced that this year’s Loy Krathong festival will be held at two prime locations, namely Ong Ang Canal in Samphanthawong and Phra Nakhon districts, and under the Rama 8 Bridge in Bang Phlat district.
30 public parks across the capital will also be open for the festival, but under strict measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.
The Governor urged the public to use krathongs (Thai floating baskets) made from natural materials, to reduce the amount of waste and to care for the environment.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will also deploy fire-fighting boats, lifeboats and rescue personnel along the Chao Phraya River, from the Rama 7 Bridge to the Rama 9 Bridge, covering 20.4 kilometres, to ensure safety.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office will also deploy fire trucks, fire extinguishers, area lighting vehicles, rescue personnel and equipment to all locations.
The City Law Office will have 150 personnel on duty around Ong Ang Canal for three days, another 150 personnel around the Rama 8 Bridge and 1,500 personnel in public parks, at boat piers and on all bridges across the Chao Phraya River.
Bottle rockets, fireworks, sky lanterns, or similar items are banned during the Loy Krathong festival. Violators will be subject to three years in prison and/or a fine up to 60,000 baht if convicted. Sale and use of all types of firecrackers are also banned, with violators subject to three months in prison and/or a fine up to 6,000 baht on conviction.