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Entertainment Activities Can Resume In November

Bangkok, Wed Nov 02 2016
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Entertainment venues, parties, festivals and broadcasts can resume on the 14th November, authorities said on Tuesday. Following his cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that after the first 30 days of the mourning period for the late King the restrictions on entertainment venues and broadcasts would be removed in relation to tourism and everyday life in Thailand. The prime minister thanked mass media for presenting the work of the late King and the pictures of countless crowds paying respects.

Col Thaksada Sangkhajan, assistant government spokeswoman, said nine categories of activities can resume from the 14th November including national festivals like Loy Krathong on November 14, Christmas and New Year, provincial festivals like Red Cross fairs and Phi Ta Khon, trade fairs at local, district and provincial levels including walking street fairs and bullfighting, folk entertainment activities and contests, and activities at entertainment venues including night clubs and bars.

Also to be restored were parties at hotels, concerts, traditional activities including Kathin robe-giving, as well as weddings and ordination ceremonies, and all levels of sports competitions including cheer squads. Col Thaksada also said that TV and radio broadcasts would resume as usual but programme hosts were asked to include education programmes to promote national development and comedy shows have been asked to be polite and respectful. She concluded with confirmation that half mast flags would also end on the 14th November.

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