Nowhere to hide: Face masks required in all 77 Thai provinces

PHOTO: Yes, we've used this graphic before, but please, just wear a mask. (via Redbubble)

You hate them. We hate them. We all hate wearing them. You hate endless reporting on them. We hate writing over and over about it. But… Face masks. They are no longer optional anywhere in Thailand.

First face masks became compulsory in a few places, then 31 provinces. Phuket even singled out “problem foreigners” refusing to wear masks. Soon 54 provinces implemented mask mandates. Then 63 provinces, as authorities showed people they were serious by started enforcing and cracking down on violators.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand announced – while including a complete list of all 77 provinces of Thailand – that face masks are required to be worn in public, indoors and outdoors, at all times. And the rule is being enforced with fines of up to 20,000 baht. First offences are 6,000 baht and escalate quickly for repeat offenders with 2nd offences paying 12,000 baht and after that 20,000 baht for a third offence.

21 people died of Covid-19 today in Thailand with over 1,800 new infections recorded, a rise after a week of daily decreases. over 67,000 people have contracted Covid-19 in Thailand and 270 people are on ventilators at the moment of this writing.

Whatever your personal beliefs on face masks might be, regardless of the science even, wearing a face mask is now the law in every corner of Thailand. You are not special, you do not get an exception. PM Prayut did not even get an exception. Just wear your face masks people!

The TAT also stressed that all travellers should follow their DMHTT scheme to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • D – Distancing
  • M – Mask wearing
  • H – Handwashing
  • T – Temperature check
  • T – Thai Chana contact tracing application.Nowhere to hide: Face masks required in all 77 Thai provinces | News by Thaiger

Here’s a list of provinces requiring face masks in public now. (Hint: it’s all 77 of them.)

NORTHEASTERN REGION
Amnat Charoen
Bueng Kan
Buri Ram
Chaiyaphum
Kalasin
Khon Kaen
Loei
Maha Sarakham
Mukdahan
Nakhon Phanom
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nong Bua Lam Phu
Nong Khai
Roi Et
Sakon Nakhon
Si Sa Ket
Surin
Ubon Ratchathani
Udon Thani
YasothonCENTRAL REGION
Ang Thong
Ayutthaya
Bangkok
Chai Nat
Lop Buri
Kanchanaburi (only at markets, flea markets and floating markets)
Nakhon Nayok
Nakhon Pathom
Nonthaburi
Pathum Thani
Phetchaburi
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Ratchaburi
Samut Prakan
Samut Sakhon
Samut Songkhram (voluntarily)
Saraburi
Sing Buri
Suphan Buri
NORTHERN REGION
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Kamphaeng Phet
Lampang
Lamphun
Mae Hong Son
Nan
Nakhon Sawan
Phayao
Phetchabun
Phichit
Phitsanulok
Phrae
Sukhothai
Tak
Uthai Thani
UttaraditEASTERN REGION
Chachoengsao
Chanthaburi
Chon Buri
Prachin Buri
Rayong
Sa Kaeo
Trat

SOUTHERN REGION
Chumphon
Krabi
Nakhon Si Thammarat
Narathiwat
Pattani
Phang Nga
Phatthalung
Phuket
Ranong
Satun
Songkhla
Surat Thani
Trang
Yala

 

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail and Tourism Authority Thailand

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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