63 of 77 provinces in Thailand are now requiring the public to wear face masks while outside to help curb the spread of Covid-19. The rule has been extended from the previous 56 provinces, to now include those provinces of:
Nong Bua Lam Phu
The 56 provinces already requiring face masks at all public places include:
Si Sa Ket
In addition, curfews are now in force in 8 provinces, up from 6 previously:
Bung Kan (11pm-4am)
Pathum Thani (9pm-4am)
Samut Prakan (9pm-4am)
Samut Sakhon (11pm-4am)
Surat Thani (10pm-4am)
Police say the fine for mask violations is set at up to 20,000 baht, but for first-time offenders it would start at 6,000 baht and gradually increase on subsequent offences. Recently, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was apparently a first time offender as he was fined 6,000 baht by the Bangkok Governor for not wearing a mask during a cabinet meeting.
In Phuket, government officials have threatened to strictly enforce the 20,000 baht face mask fine and contact consular officials for foreigners that refuse to mask up. The vice governor of Phuket has issued a stern warning that all people are required to wear face masks in public at all times.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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