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Face masks required in 31 provinces, fine is 20,000 baht for not wearing



Face masks are now being required in 31 Thai provinces with a fine of 20,000 baht going to those who don’t wear them. Chiang Rai is one of the new provinces to be included in the list, but so far, Chiang Mai is being left out. As daily Covid-19 infections have reached an all-time high, it is only a matter of time when the whole nation will be required to wear face masks or face a fine.

Yesterday, Covid-19 infections hit over 50,000 with 121 deaths in the Kingdom, since the pandemic began. Now, health authorities are warning that there may be a shortage of hospital beds if the virus keeps spreading. The highest daily amount of infections was also reported yesterday, at 2,070, with 4 deaths being attributed to the virus.

Today, that number has risen even more as 2,839 new infections have been reported to the CCSA in the past 24 hours. 8 more deaths have also been reported. It’s also the highest number of deaths to be recorded in a single day as well. In the past month alone, there were 21,320 infections with the third wave proving to be the largest. Below, is a list of provinces that are currently requiring face masks to be worn when going outside. As the amount of Covid infections is rising, the list is surely to expand.


  • Chiang Rai
  • Phetchabun
  • Phrae
  • Lampun
  • Sukhothai
  • Tak
  • Uttaradit


  • Chaiyaphum
  • Maha Sarakham
  • Mukdahan
  • Nong Khai
  • Si Sa Ket
  • Surin
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Udon Thani
  • Yasothon


  • Ang Thong
  • Ayutthaya
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Phetchaburi
  • Prachin Buri
  • Rayong
  • Samut Sakhon
  • Suphan Buri


  • Narathiwat
  • Pattani
  • Phangnga
  • Phatthalung
  • Phuket
  • Ranong
  • Satun
  • Surat Thani
  • Trang

For those provinces not listed above, a fine of up to 4,000 baht can be levied against those who fail to wear masks in public, under the Communicable Disease Act. Police have stepped up monitoring the use of face masks in certain areas, with some even holding checkpoints on highways and roads to catch those not wearing masks. Recently, the police force was told to focus on house parties featuring large groups of people, as most restaurants are being forced to close by 9pm to sit-down patrons. All nightlife, entertainment venues, bars and clubs are being shut around the country, for red and orange zones for 2 weeks, from April 18.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times


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  1. Kim

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 9:54 am

    It’s was previously reported that while exercising outdoors, wearing a face mask is not required. Is this still the case?

  2. David Pilkington

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:40 am

    New infections yesterday: Bangkok 740; Chiang Mai 237, the two worst provinces by a country mile, yet neither of these is on today’s ‘must wear mask’ list. Just another government bureaucracy hiccup . . . or what?

  3. Ted

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Good question Kim. Even though the majority is, so to say, “selfie-athletes” at the gym and doesn’t break much sweat. There are those who sincerely sweets and for those wearing a mask is uncomfortable and a wet masks doesn’t do much to for stopping the spread of C19. I understand that inside, there are different factors but would I need a mask while outside running??!

    Please Thaiger, find us an answer to this question.

  4. Daniel

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Yes, I would like to know where and when: before you should in closed spaces but not on the street. In parks there was the bizarre rule that if you walk you need to wear a mask… But if you are running don’t!
    So, which are the rules, please???

  5. Daniel

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:24 am

    And of course: in shopping malls you need to wear it… But in the restaurants and eating zones… Not!
    Yes, I want to know the exact rules…

  6. Greg

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    what such a New Year’s celebration can do. Everyone is silent about it.

  7. Rick

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    This is an absolutely insane policy. Forcing people to wear masks that offer no protection but are proven to damage your health is nothing short of criminal. I even see people putting masks on their toddlers, which can result in brain damage. There are dozens of medical studies going back 40 years or more that prove beyond doubt that these masks provide no significant protection (especially the way most people are using them) but can and do cause major health problems and even death. Why is it that everything we are told to do by the “authorities” and “experts” to protect us from the “virus” will actuslly damage your health?

  8. Covid is a psyop

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    I’m always exercising. This is stupid. Virus can’t live in the hot weather. Yet indoor dining remains and no one is dying. Give it up. Covid is not dangerous to thai people. They have stronger immune systems than fat usa.

  9. Manu

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    @Rick – Indeed Rick, it seems that the world has gone completely insane, this mask circus is the best example. And indeed those awful masks on little kids is a vision of horror with huge health impacts (physical and Mental) but absolutely no benefit at all on spreading the sars-cov-2 virus. But our goverments all over the world do not seem to care about that, political decisions tainted by huge lobbying / corruption from the pharmaceutical industry are not scientifically nor humanly based, YOU stay put until the whole world is vaccinated and basta…. and then another jab next winter…and then 6 months later…and the next winter… and… I just hope I am wrong.

    And I read this in the article:

    “Police have stepped up monitoring the use of face masks in certain areas, with some even holding checkpoints on highways and roads to catch those not wearing masks.”

    Highways and roads? So you have to wear the mask in your car??? I have seen many doing it, alone in their cars. If this is not insane… Beautiful “new normal” world we will have for a long time it seems, even maybe no return to any basic freedom we used to have before and entire populations obeying without questioning anything at all.

  10. Ben

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Rick, You’re full of shit. Stay home if you don’t want to wear a mask in public or think it’ll brain damage you. Studies? You don’t have any studies that support your claims. Cite them if you can. Prove beyond a doubt? You’re fake words again. I’m doubting it!

    If you have COVID you cough into the mask and not into the air where it can be transmitted to those around you. That’s especially important indoors. Outdoors if you’re at least 2 meters away from anyone then you shouldn’t have a problem.

    Take your no mask narrative and go back to where you came from. You’re ridiculous, insane and stupid to think masks don’t make a difference.

  11. steve

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    The world has gone insane. Now it is a criminal offence in most of Thailand to breathe fresh air. How dumb is this getting but remember the saying that if you let the government get out of control they will create a tax for breathing? Well here it is, 20,000 baht for breathing fresh air.

  12. luca

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    @Rick –
    I’m sorry to say but this is trumpshit, even a child would understand that a mask constitutes a physical barrier against the droplets that contain the virus, it must be used correctly and above all in closed environments but always trying to maintain interpersonal distance, this way it works very well. On the other hand, they have been used by surgeons all over the world for almost a hundred years with excellent results, I have never heard of a surgeon who died or suffered brain damage from wearing the mask.

  13. Geoff

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    @Rick – You’re right Rick. The rest of the world is wrong.

  14. David

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    @Kim –
    oh, you have to stop to think ( be asking ) for yourself,
    otherwise you keep asking such questions
    and so, other people see it too
    ( that news is full of empty spaces where some infos are expected. psss ). 🙂

  15. David

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    so called politicians, ngo bosses, rich company owners, bankers
    and religious talkers, need money. wow, who thought this ? 🙂
    maybe a new paint for their houses ?

    better to say, if you not breath enough, you must do something,
    hug someone ? may those 5 because they are empty of love.
    well, you can not expect a pro life politics from love-less people.

  16. Concerned Father

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I am very very happy to see that not all people are completely brainwashed and lost their mind already.
    And I need to shoutout to give probs to TheThaiger that they actually allow these critical comments here, on the most famous Thai-Forum I get frequently banned just for expression opinions.

    Me and my wife are very concerned about the blind obedience of at least 90% of the people in this country and we are seriously considering to flee out of Thailand with our newborn daughert before this gets a place of madness.
    We are feeling like living in a dystopian dictatorship already, and the digitalized vaccine passports and digital money are not even here, for now. How bad will it be then?

    But where to go.. the whole world is going crazy and its not long anymore until people with a different opinion are in serious danger of their life, as I can honestly imagine the masses could chase people who break the corona-laws.

    I worry for the future of my family and not because people does not wear masks..

  17. Rick

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Well Luca, from your comments I have no doubt that a child would know more than you do about most things, as you seem to know less than nothing about masks. First of all, the “surgical masks” that most people are wearing are not the ones that surgeons use. These cheap flimsy masks are not approved by any medical bodies nor do they adhere to any standards of manufacture. They may stop a “droplet” but if you ask virologists they will tell you that virus particles are not spread by droplets but by aerosol, which these masks do not stop. They would also inform you that these virus particles are so small that you could place several thousand of them side by side and they would all fit through the smallest hole in these “surgical masks” and that these masks can damage your health in many ways, especially if they are worn incorrectly. Also, If you look up the WHO video that shows how to correctly wear these masks you will see that no one is doing so. Surgeons use medical grade masks that are specially fitted to each surgeon and they are specially trained in their proper use. The main purpose of the mask is to prevent moisture from the surgeon’s mouth or nose from getting into an open wound, not to prevent the spread of a virus. Furthermore, surgeon’s only wear them during surgery and they do not wear them all day or everyday. They certainly are not mandated or forced to wear them wherever they go by an ignorant government or an ignorant populace, and there have been instances when surgeon’s suffered adverse effects from wearing the mask too long in surgery. And if you think cloth masks are better please think again. In the 1918 pandemic millions of people died from bacterial pneumonia due to wearing cloth masks. I hope this does not happen again, but if it does I’m sure it will be blamed on “Covid-19”. So, in future, before you go spouting off on topics you know nothing about I would suggest that you do a little research. By the way, is there a definition of the word “Trumpshit” or does that term just apply to things you don’t like?

  18. dee lee

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    It is simply astonishing how many doctors read and comment on this site

  19. Sam C

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    @Rick – Hmmmm!! OK Rick…. best you have a little lie down now and I’ll fetch your pills

  20. Rick

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Hmmmmm!! Sam it appears that you have overdosed on ignorance pills and you seem to be happy with that.

  21. Croft

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    So, what policy will be in place for all the discarded facemasks that will inevitably end up in the sea or in our lungs?

  22. Rick

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    No dee lee – what’s truely astonishing is how many ignorant fools comment on theis site and how much nonsense they spout.

  23. jesus

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    @Concerned Father – I hear you. What an utterly bonkers law. Easy to fight against if enough people protest and don’t wear a mask on the same day, and refuse to pay any fine, but, as you say, the vast majority are brainwashed to be scared of this to the point of complete blind faith in the authorities and their decision making. When is the world going to wake up and realise that you have just let the virus ruin its course? This is the way to end the pandemic, by a natural death of itself once all hosts have been exposed and consequently become immune. This is textbook biology but everyone seems to be ignoring it..

  24. LEE HAI

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    🙂 ‘Indeed, so says the kettle calling the pot black’

  25. luca

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:00 am

    @Rick –
    the term trumpshit is a synonym for bullshit and / or disinformation, what you said is devoid of scientific value, it is useless to explain to you again why the correct use of masks is useful to reduce the rate of contagion because the best scientists in the world repeated it to the point of boredom, if you still haven’t understood it I won’t be able to do it

  26. Rob

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:01 am

    @Ben – You’re an idiot

  27. Rob

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:06 am

    @Rick – You’re the only one on here with sense man. A lot of these people should be grazing in a field.

  28. Raphael Hythlodaeus

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 9:17 am

    I know I know — but where can we go to escape the madness? At least in Thailand the “rules” are at best advisories, at least for now.

  29. Craig

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 9:32 am

    I agree with the Sam C’s of the world. I know someone in my school program who died from Covid-19. And I know some who have changed their tune after contacting COVID. Face masks don’t harm people. Where do these conspiracy theories come from?

  30. Philip Morrow

    Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    So was there ever a reply to the original question in this post
    I think it’s something Tim should cover in his morning show

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