The Pattaya City Public Relations Department this afternoon (February 24th) confirmed rumors online and officially announced that they have decided to postpone the Pattaya Music Festival due to concerns about rising Covid19 “cases”.
The festival was originally scheduled to be held next month (March).
Pattaya PR stated that due to many confirmed Covid -19 cases in Pattaya and Chonburi, the event has been postponed until the situation improves. They noted that although Chonburi is heavily vaccinated and Pattaya is over 90% vaccinated with plenty of hospital capacity and although serious cases remained incredibly low, as well as deaths, the concern was having an event that would encourage interprovincial travel from areas with more limited resources.
TPN notes that the decision came only days after local officials assured the event would continue. However, Thailand reinforced the fact they are currently on a “Level 4 alert” for Covid-19, which discourages travel and encourages people to STAY HOME, which as a result caused the Interior Ministry and Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to “request” that major events, regardless of how many Covid-19 precautions were in place, would be canceled or postponed.
The move has already caused many tourism and business associations to criticize the decision, stating that Pattaya and Thailand need to “live” with Covid-19 and stop canceling and postponing events that hurt tourism. TPN notes the overwhelming response on Thailand social media was negative, with most stating that they felt the decision to postpone was poor and that the event should have moved forward as scheduled. Reasons for continuing the event were Chonburi’s high vaccination rates (number one in Thailand) and low serious cases, nearly all of who were elderly or had many underlying conditions.
No set date for rescheduling the festival was given.
This comes as Thailand hit a record high of Covid-19 cases today, February 24th, 2022.
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