Thai cabinet approves extra holiday in July to compensate postponed Songkran due to COVID-19

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BANGKOK, June 30 (Xinhua) — The Thai Cabinet meeting on Tuesday has approved July 27 as a substitute holiday for Songkran festival, creating another four-day weekend next month.

Songkran, which is the annual Thai New Year’s national holiday, was postponed in April to stem the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Since July 28, which falls on Tuesday, is already a holiday observing Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s birthday, the announcement adds another day to the period, creating a long weekend from July 25 to 28,” said in a statement released by the Thai Government House.

Thai government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Tuesday that the Cabinet meeting had approved the extended holiday as the COVID-19 situation has eased in Thailand.

Also, the government has relaxed more restrictions to allow reopening of several types of businesses, Narumon added.

Thailand has witnessed no local transmission for 36 days. Enditem

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