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Thai courts getting tough on face mask violations



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People caught not wearing a face mask in a public space face stiff penalties, with the courts fining at least 9 people so far this week. Officials are cracking down on face mask violations as disease prevention measures are ramped up to curtail the spread of Covid-19. Certainly Thai police have shown their fervour for the crackdown and have been stopping people in all parts of the country.

The Bangkok Post reports that fines of 1,000 – 4,000 baht have been dished out, with the maximum penalty for not wearing a mask being 20,000 baht.

Suriyan Hongvilai from the Office of the Judiciary says the fines are decided based on the circumstances and the seriousness of the offence. Provincial officials have mandated mask-wearing in public spaces in nearly all circumstances, with the exception of eating, drinking, or exercising. The mask mandate is now in place in 63 of the 77 Thai provinces. It is also compulsory for car drivers to wear a mask if they have 1 or more passengers in the vehicle with them. And, even if travelling by car with someone they live with, the rule still applies.

The Bangkok Post reports that, on Monday, 2 people were fined 2,000 baht each at a court in the southern province of Surat Thani after failing to wear face masks. However, it’s understood the penalty was halved as a result of them pleading guilty. Also in Surat Thani, another person was fined 1,000 baht the following day.

Also on Tuesday, a provincial court in central Thailand fined 2 people caught without face masks. The court in Ayutthaya handed down fines of 4,000 baht each, with another 2 people fined the same amount in the southern province of Yala. In each of these cases however, the fines were also halved as a result of guilty pleas from the accused.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Russell John Watts

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:26 am

    It is a pathetic joke. When are the police going to get off their arses and get out and catch these people? I drive through an area twice a day and there are that many Thai’s not abiding by the law it is not funny. Some of these people are food vendors breathing their rotten virus breath all over the food that they are selling but not a policeman in sight to get these people, but if I drive my car with my wife in it with me and I do not wear a mask then it is whamo another farang to extort money from while ignoring the law breaking Thai’s

  2. Ned kelly

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Maybe it is time to leave, life is to short to stay in a country where you are not happy.

  3. Luck101

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    There HAS to be some other news to report that is preferably uplifting!! Yes we all know there are stiff fines for the mask thing!!! Tell us that traffic deaths are declining or some other good news such as the bars are going to reopen as per the last plan and people can get back to work to feed their families!!

  4. Luck101

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Sorry speaking about Phuket!!

  5. Mr J.

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    30 degree heat, humid and uncomfortable, masks to be basically worn everywhere, unless in private…..yeah, the tourists will be flocking back….See you next year..maybe….

  6. Me

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Only Nine cases being prosecuted is beyond a joke, I think the fines charged should be reduced to at least one third of what is listed, what is good enough for the prime minister (6000 Baht) should be good enough for everyone else.

  7. Ted

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    If it’s true, that during exercising [outdoor?] one doesn’t need to clog intake of air. That is really good news, although probably needs to get sweaty fast, also be ready with the camera for a quick selfie [proof], if the police would stands ready to catch you. Shall try it tonight!

  8. Ben

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    If you gave the policeman 25% of all fines he writes and collects I bet you’d get real enforcement.

    I do notice people are generally doing a better job of wearing their masks and properly since the mandatory announcement.

  9. Dreqo

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    No matter, I’m constantly exercising and I always, always eat snacks(almonds, cashews, etc)and drink water while driving.

  10. Rick

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    That’s Right Russell John Watts! Let’s get all of those non-mask wearers! I think the police should forget about fining them and just throw them all in some deep dark prison cell. Then you won’t have to see them anymore or worry about their “rotten virus breath” and you can feel safe like the rest of you authoritarian types! Or maybe you’re just angry because they are smarter than you and they know that the masks are only theater and can cause serious health problems?

  11. Billibob

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    @Russell John Watts – pathetic whinging idiot, go home!!

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