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Bangkok car riders must wear face masks if 2 or more people in car



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Bangkok car riders now must wear a face mask if more than 2 people are in the car. The City Hall made the announcement yesterday, as part of the measures by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration aimed at stopping the spread of Covid-19. Family members in the same car aren’t being excluded from the rule. Questions on social media have signaled confusion surrounding wearing masks in cars, but now the news is out that, indeed, anyone in a car with 2 people or more, must mask up or face a 20,000 baht fine.

The mask-wearing mandates have seen stricter enforcement as Thailand has seen daily new Covid infections in the thousands, sparking more questions over locking down the capital. Just yesterday, it saw 901 infections and 4 deaths, prompting a partial lockdown for the capital. Even Thailand’s PM, Prayut-Chan-o-cha was fined for not wearing a mask at a cabinet meeting.

Bars and nightclubs are linked to the majority of Covid-19 cases reported in Bangkok over the past month. Data from Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration show that nearly two-thirds of the recent wave of Covid-19 infections in Bangkok traced back to entertainment venues.

Now, a full lockdown decision is expected tomorrow for Bangkok. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is expected to make the recommendation which will be forwarded to the full committee chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. The CCSA will also discuss a proposed 21 day quarantine for those travelling from Covid-19 hotspots abroad. The recommended hot spots include India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

In Phuket, which has seen a large number of daily new infections, 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.

Today, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control has reported 2,179 new Covid-19 infections and 15 deaths.


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  1. Stardust

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Stupidity is endless of these headless chickens. Familymembers are not excludet, so next is we have to wear masks inthe bed, too? It is unbelievable that such uneducated stupid people can have a job or manage a government or country. By the way what happened with the hiso government officials who went clubbing unmasked in the noble gentlemen clubs who are responsible for this mess and wave?

  2. Mike Czincila

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:21 am

    Yes sir, it is a proven fact by Fox News that cars are a primary source of Covid 19 infections for members of a family who spend 24/7 together. Therefore it is actively being considered to ban any motor vehicle capable of carrying more than 1 person. Also under consideration is a requirement for everyone to wear a mask while eating or drinking. A 2 cm slit in the mask will be allowed so that people can enjoy there dining experience.

  3. Manu

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    A complete non-sense. Really, there is not much to add to that…

  4. Jesus Monroe

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    @Stardust – My partner and I have been wearing masks in beds for years……oops wrong mask sorry

  5. Simon Small

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Makes very good sense.

    Traffic is bad enough in Bangkok without the police having to stop cars to verify if those in them are a couple, a family, or a Grab / Uber driver with a passenger.

    Stopping cars to check and verify would waste everyone’s time. Instead the solution’s simple – everyone wears a mask.

  6. David Mann

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    This is not just Bangkok. A friend of mine got stopped and had to pay 500 baht to police in Chiang Mai yesterday as he was in his car with his wife and neither were wearing masks.
    On the face of it (excuse the pun!), it does sound crazy that you need to wear a mask when with family members. However, at least the law is clear and unambiguous. Otherwise people will simply say, this is not a friend it’s my brother or sister. The police would then have to start checking ID’s etc. This is clear. More than one person then a mask. Easy to spot (not with the heavy tints on most Thai car Windows) and easy to enforce.

  7. Simon Small

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Sorry to embarrass you by being in agreement yet again, @David Mann.

    Yes, clear, simple, no excuses or time-wasting – but that doesn’t stop the usual suspects complaining.

  8. Ben

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:58 am

    It comes down to what is the lowest common denominator. Because one person will not wear a mask in a car with non-household member then we all have too.

    We all complain about laws that aren’t enforced. This makes it easier to enforce and it sounds like they will if they see it.

    Also many think mask rules are plain stupid and won’t always comply so it leads the authorities to come even down harder with extreme rules.

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