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Samut Sakhon joins other provinces in getting serious about masks in public

PHOTO: The Nation

With the entire nation under a state of emergency and a nationwide curfew now in effect, many regions of Thailand are getting tough on those who don’t wear masks in public as an additional public prevention in the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The governor of Samut Sakhon, a large province on the coast southwest of Bangkok, today joined other provinces in ramping up regulations to contain the spread of the virus. Governor Weerasak Wijitsaengsri announced that from yesterday everyone must wear a surgical or cloth mask when outdoors until at least April 30.

Many people regularly traverse the province when travelling between the North and the South. Sanook reports that there has been a rapid rise in coronavirus cases there, prompting the new rules.

Violators face fines of up to 20,000 baht.

On Thursday the governor of Chanthaburi province in eastern Thailand, ordered all citizens in his province to wear face masks (sanitary or cloth) in public. People who don’t will also face a maximum fine of 20,000 baht. The order went into effect yesterday and extends to at least April 30.

“People in the service sector especially must make sure they are wearing masks, and businesses and organisations have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask.”

In addition all businesses must observe stringent social distancing rules for staff and customers alike.

SOURCES: thaivisa | Sanook

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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