Thai people urged to strictly follow COVID-19 guidelines in New Year celebrations hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: EPA-EFE)

Hanoi (VNA) - Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on December 14 urged the Thai people to strictly adhere to social distancing and other health guidelines against COVID-19 when joining activities to celebrate the upcoming New Year.

The authorities will not stop people from organising or participating in New Year celebrations and countdown events, but people will be required to strictly observe disease prevention measures such as checking temperature, wearing face masks, washing their hands with alcoholic gel and literally keeping a distance among themselves, Anutin said.

Meanwhile, the minister also said authorities of the northeastern province Nakhon Ratchasima, where a big concert was held in vicinity of Khao Yai National Park over the weekend, are yet to take legal action against the concert organizers for extending the open air performances by eight hours.

According to the minister, many of the concert's audience failed to wear face masks and ignored the social distancing rule./.