Lovers across Bangkok will be heartbroken come Valentine's Day, with city officials declaring Wednesday that all of the Thai capital's 50 districts will be banned from issuing marriage licenses.
The holiday, immensely popular across the kingdom, is also typically considered an auspicious day for couples to tie the knot resulting in large queues at marriage registration offices across the city.
The most popular district is Bang Rak which translates as "district of love" in Thai.But the hopes of eager-to-wed couples have been dashed. "Bangkok's 50 district offices will refrain from providing marriage license registration service on this Valentine's Day," Thailand's Public Relations Department said on Twitter.
"The cancellation aims to prevent the spread of #Covid19."
The announcement also said Chinese New Year festival, which usually involves a raucous parade in Bangkok's Chinatown, will not go on.