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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.)

Amnat Charoen
Bueng Kan
Buri Ram
Khon Kaen
Maha Sarakham
Nakhon Phanom
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nong Bua Lam Phu
Nong Khai
Roi Et
Sakon Nakhon
Si Sa Ket
Ubon Ratchathani
Udon Thani
Ang Thong
Chai Nat
Lop Buri
Kanchanaburi (only at markets, flea markets and floating markets)
Nakhon Nayok
Nakhon Pathom
Pathum Thani
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Samut Prakan
Samut Sakhon
Samut Songkhram (voluntarily)
Sing Buri
Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
Kamphaeng Phet
Mae Hong Son
Nakhon Sawan
Uthai Thani
Chon Buri
Prachin Buri
Sa Kaeo

Nakhon Si Thammarat
Phang Nga
Surat Thani


SOURCE: Pattaya Mail and Tourism Authority Thailand


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  1. ynwaps

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t mind wearing a mask. It protects from cold,flu,corona and reminds people who’s in charge.

  2. Mark W

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    I wear a mask because I’m stupid and don’t understand how the immune system works. You should wear one too.

  3. Slugger

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    I dont hate masks, what an irrational thing to say.

  4. Rick

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    “You hate them. We hate them.” – yet you tell people to wear them. You might also like to report honestly and inform people that the masks are less than useless and can pose a severe health threat and that no one can MAKE you wear one.

  5. Cooomer

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I absolutely hate masks and have no problem admitting it. I wear it when i am supposed to but no way i am gonna pretend to like it.

  6. Jason

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Making mask wearing mandatory everywhere makes it easier for authorities to enforce compliance . Even though wearing one can seem to be ridiculous. I’m in my car. I’m on my own. There is no need to wear a mask and no benefit to wearing one, but at one stage here in my home state it was mandated, during a lockdown. Completely irrational. But so much easier for police to see instantly who is not complying and fine them.

  7. Bill Fischer

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Clive G – well, one brand or type of mask has graphene oxide in it, therefore all masks are bad, got it. Yeah, the Canadian government is trying to control the citizens through protective masks. Next thing you know they’ll be suggesting sun cream to prevent sunburns. You have the right to skin damage! Fight ‘the man’!!!

  8. Naina

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:10 am

    While I agree that all have taken the risks of contagion way too lightly on the party scene or at times outside, I, so far seen 1 person not having it over the face inside a supermarket and it was a foreigner and she did point a middle finger when I asked her to pull it up as she was engaged in a conversation with her masked husband… I won’t see many Thais doing that I believe… As per party, I guess participants are taking the risk together and thus there’s a tacite “agreement” the issue being that people spread the infection after the party is over just as well… Blatant refusal to have one in a public place that explicitly requires it is more of a “western” behaviour, whether thaiger likes it or not

  9. Wavey Davey

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:27 am

    @Rick – Why do surgeons wear masks in operating theaters…?

  10. Rick

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Well Mr. Wavey Davey, if you bothered to use your brain and do a little bit of research you might learn a few things. 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.

  11. Manu

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:58 am

    @Wavey Davey – Not a really good counter argument… Surgeons wear masks to prevent bacterial contamination while operating. And not all day long in any circumstances. While EVERYBODY understands by now that masks do offer some protection in some circumstances (mainly indoors with people around you), it is useless in many others (the most obvious examples: in your car, on your bike, sitting on the deserted beach with the closest people being 20m or more away, etc… etc…). It is not all either black or white. The thing is that the world over is imposing the mask in ANY circumstances, and that is what’s not right. I am a responsible adult, who can judge by himself when and where to wear a mask, the last thing I would like is to contaminate others with this virus or any other. That basic right is now denied to me, I do not know why but one thing is sure, I do not like it.

  12. Daniel

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    i saw tons of comments everywhere from uneducated people whose only claim on masks is that they dont protect them of the virus… i know it will shatter your reality, but the masks are not for your safety, but for the safety of others. the mask dont protect YOU, the mask protect the people around you. simple as that, but too difficult for most idiots.

  13. YNBAW

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    I’ll wear one in crowded indoor stores and the like. Not that it’s really doing any good, but if it makes other people feel safe then that’s what I’ll compromise on. Miss me with the rest though, mate.

  14. Rick

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry Daniel, but masks do not protect anyone and they are potentially harmful to everyone. This is what the real science says. There is a recent peer reviewed study from Stanford University called Facemasks in the Covid-19 Era: A Health Hypothesis. You will have to look it up yourself since I have been trying to post the short conclusion to this study for many days here on the Thaiger but they have blocked it every time, as it seems that real scientific evidence is not allowed here if it goes against the narrative. Furthermore, the “you must do this to protect others” line is nothing but collectivism, which is one of the central concepts of communism and has been repeatedly used to strip the rights of the individual for “the greater good” and has resulted in the deaths of millions and the incarceration of millions more at the hand of communist regimes. No one is responsible for your health but you. If you feel you need to take precautions then go right ahead but you have no right to impose them on others, especially when masks are nothing but theater and signs of compliance and provide no real protection.

  15. Cole

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    @Rick – The so called Stanford paper mentioned has been retracted as it was not from Stanford.

  16. Manu

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    @Rick – I wrote my previous comment before I saw yours, it goes pretty much the same way… mine being much milder because I have realised that going toI far is counter productive (when it is not censored by the Thaiget that sticks to the official narrative regardless). But it does not matter how small % those masks have in protecting people, it is common sense to understand that they must do at least a small something in particular situations. But yes imposing them at all time is mad. It is not science, just human behaviour taken over by politic. But I think than instead of trying to convince people whom are obviously following the mainstream narrative, a lost battle now, give sources to where people can get more informed (if the thaiger allows you and not censor you… yes thaiger you do, even when my source is a main Israeli newspaper and the MIT website that prove my argument!!)

  17. John

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Agree wholeheartedly with everything you have said.
    Some of these people would have prospered with Jim Jones. Ease up on the Kool aid guys, it kills the brain cells

  18. Realist

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm

  19. Roy Bowey

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    @Manu – well said

  20. Rick

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    No Cole, the study has not been “retracted”. It appears that Stanford is claiming that the author has no connection to them but the study is a legitimate study using legitimate sources. The information is valid however much the powers that be play their political games and try to discredit anything that goes against the agenda.

  21. Soldier

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I doubt anyone could learn anything from reading these posts…even what not to do.

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