Bangkok cancels New Year’s events

Fireworks over Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. Photo: Iconsiam
Fireworks over Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. Photo: Iconsiam

City Hall announced late Thursday afternoon that it was canceling all official New Year’s events to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said it was acting at the urging of the COVID-19 task force, which in turn cited WHO guidelines for the move, which comes as the disease’s so-called Omicron variant continues to spread.

Private parties may go on as planned — for now — but should comply with public health measures.

While the city-sponsored New Year’s events will not go forward — including a prayer pow wow planned outside City Hall — private events such as the riverside Iconsiam shopping mall’s fireworks boomie boom are still set to go off. A CentralwOrld rep said its usual NYE party and fireworks show is still on — unless City Hall asks them to skip it.

Though only several dozen cases of Omicron have been confirmed, about 100 more suspected cases are being studied.

Clarification: This story was updated to make clear it applies to the city-hosted events where the big fun is not to be found anyway.

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