Korat shuts beauty spots, bans booze sales for Songkran

Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai announced on Friday (April 10) that the province will temporarily close its 29 reservoirs to stop people gathering there for the now cancelled Songkran Festival, in a move to curb the Covid-19 contagion.

“As of yesterday there were 18 confirmed case in the province,” he said.

“Nakhon Ratchasima Communicable Disease Committee therefore agreed to halt all Songkran-related activities, close 29 reservoirs and prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages from now until April 20.”

Nakhon Ratchasima’s man-made and natural water reservoirs are renowned beauty spots. They are especially popular during Songkran, when Thai and foreign tourists flock to the reservoirs to camp and swim as a way of escaping the summer heat.

Also known as Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima is a gateway to 20 provinces in the Northeast, making it a risky area for Covid-19 infection as a large number of travellers need to pass through to get to their destinations.