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No alcohol sales at Loy Kratong events

BANGKOK: Provincial governors are being instructed to ban sales of alcohol in areas where the Loy Kratong festival is celebrated next week, in the interests of public safety.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 20 November 2015, 07:27PM


Women in traditional costume line up at the Government House for the launch of a campaign to promote the Loy Kratong festival, which falls on November 25. Photo: Bangkok Post

Women in traditional costume line up at the Government House for the launch of a campaign to promote the Loy Kratong festival, which falls on November 25. Photo: Bangkok Post

Chatchai Promlert, chief of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said governors could ban the sale of beer, wine and spirits in designated Loy Kratong areas under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act 2008.

Volunteers would patrol festival events to make sure they remain free of alcohol. This would help prevent undesirable incidents and foster the spirit of the traditional festival, which falls on November 25 this year.

The department will also strictly control the use of fireworks, to ensure it remains within the law, and educate the public about the dangers of fireworks.

Mr Chatchai said the use of floating and smoke lanterns, balloons, laser lighting and drones must stay within declared hours in stipulated areas. People who violated the law would face punishment, especially if they caused harm to other people's health or property.

Restrictions are in force in areas near airports.

 

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