Lao gov’t approves Lao New Year celebrations with pandemic prevention measures

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VIENTIANE, March 25 (Xinhua) — Lao government has given light to Lao New Year celebrations in 2021, although strict COVID-19 prevention and control measures will apply.

According to a notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday, people in Laos can enjoy celebrating Lao New Year this year but must comply with measures for prevention and control of COVID-19.

The Lao New Year is the liveliest holiday of the year that every Laotian looks forward to, as it is a time when many people come back to their families for reunion.

People may participate in the celebration with their families, at their workplaces, and at temples in accordance with Lao traditions, according to the notice.

However, outdoor entertainment venues, market fairs, or music and dance performances at river banks, temples, or other public places have been prohibited.

Meanwhile, the notice states that authorities must monitor border crossings and keep an eye on the price of goods, which may see price hikes during the Lao New Year period.

Strict COVID-19 prevention guidelines issued by the Lao government must remain in place during the festival, such as social distancing measures and provision of face masks and hand gel.

Lao New Year celebrations were canceled in 2020 due to the country going into lockdown as part of COVID-19 prevention measures ordered by the prime minister. Enditem

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