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Chon Buri tightens Covid-19 restrictions, including fines for not wearing a mask

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Nation Thailand

Covid-19 restrictions have tightened in Chon Buri and now people can be fined up to 20,000 baht for not wearing a mask. People are ordered to wear face masks outside. Those who violate the under a new measure, which was recently announced by the provincial governor’s office, could face the hefty fine.

Schools and venues that hold large crowds are closed under the new order. Large gatherings are banned. Restaurants can still offer dine-in services, but hours are limited.

Koh Lan, an island off Pattaya, is also under lockdown measures. Around 100 tourists were ordered to leave the island yesterday and the island will be closed off, with the expectation of essential travel, until January 20.

What’s closed:

  • Entertainment venues including nightclubs and bars as well as cinemas, internet cafes and arcades.
  • Schools and other educational places, both government-run and private, as well as nurseries and daycare centres.
  • Massage parlors and saunas, including “soapies,” as well as spas, beauty clinics and tattoo shops. (Hair salons, barbershops and nail studios can remain open, but under tight restrictions.)
  • Public swimming pools and indoor fitness centres.
  • Meeting rooms, banquet hall and conference venues.
  • Amusement parks are closed, but zoos can remain open.
  • Courts and areas used for chicken fighting, fish fighting, bull fighting and similar gatherings are closed.


  • 24-hour convenience stores must close from 10pm to 5am.
  • Restaurants can offer dine-in service, but only from 6am to 9pm. After 9pm, food orders must be takeaway only. Customers cannot drink alcohol at the restaurants, but Pattaya News says it can still be purchased to take home.
  • Department stores, retail stores and shopping centres can remain open, but must follow disease control measures.
  • Hair salons, barbershops and nail studios can remain open, but each customer can only be serviced for up to 2 hours. Customers waiting to be serviced are not allowed to sit inside.
  • Nursing homes and centres for the elderly allow permanent residents only.
  • Hotels can remain open, but gyms, pools and conference rooms must be closed.
  • Public parks, beaches, sports stadiums and outdoor gymnasiums can remain open as long as social distancing measures are followed and no large gatherings are held.

Chon Buri’s districts are classified on a colour-scale depending on the number of Covid-19 infections. Although the districts are still divided into control and surveillance zones, the restrictions are applied to all districts.

RED High control area: Bang Lamung district and Si Racha district

ORANGE Control area: Mueang Chonburi district and Sattahip district

YELLOW High surveillance area: Ban Bueang district

GREEN Surveillance area: Phan Thong district, Ban Phanat Nikhom district, Bo Thong district, Nong Yai district, Koh Chan district and Koh Si Chang district

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Thailand,
    The covid-19 virus only kills 1% of your people. Don’t let Western governments decide your future and the fate of your monarch. Resist communism.

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      common sense

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:08 pm

      1% of 66,000,000 is 660,000.
      I hope no government ever thinks that such high numbers of deaths is acceptable.

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        Toby Andrews

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:22 pm

        I think John meant 1 percent of parsons infected.
        Only .o2 percent are infected.

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      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      Man tell me what you smoke because I wanna try that! 555555

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      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      0.00009% Back to school John

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Maybe better to impose this fine on not wearing a helmet while driving a motorbike. This would save more lifes if followed up and enforced.

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      Jake Pattaya

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:03 pm

      I don’t care if you don’t wear helmet,but I do care that when you talk and you spit around, so just wear a mask and stop complaining.

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        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:17 pm

        Jake keep your distance or stay at home, and if you are that scarred (read; ignorant )I hope you understand that you’ll need to do that until your life ends, hopefully from a long and healthy…but lonely life.
        Why does so many people out there thinks that c19 has made people so much more dirty! Or you think that c19 makes people more revolting then before?

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 4:29 pm

        Spot on, Chupapi.

        If I choose not to wear a helmet on my bike (as I frequently did), then I’m putting myself at risk. The worst that can happen to anyone else is that if I have an accident then I’ll use resources that someone else might need instead (medics, ambulance, doctors, care staff, etc). Still pretty selfish, but I’m risking my life as well as others’.

        … but if I choose not to wear a mask, I’m not risking my life at all as my mask doesn’t protect me (or only marginally), as others are protecting me (and everyone else) by wearing masks … but I’m deliberately putting everyone else at risk as even if I don’t get sick I could pass the virus on to others, then they’ll pass it on, and so on exponentially.

        People like Ted aren’t “stupid” or “ignorant”, they just don’t give a sh1t about other people.

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          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:31 am

          dude 65 people have died from Covid, its not dangerous AT ALL! Give the fear a rest for a little bit. There is nothing to be afraid of.

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            Free agent

            Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:26 pm

            You old boys have been watching too much TV, the countries entirely fucked because of government lockdowns and border closures. And your worried about masks, let’s see if you feel the same way in 6 months.

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          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:33 am

          are you really afraid of a virus that has killed only 65 old unhealthy people. There comes a point, you won’t and can’t live forever, stop being afraid of death. The idea we all need to change society is because some of us are afraid of dying is the problem.

          Its not more people dying, its you being afraid of you dying.

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            Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:45 pm

            Issan wants us all to spend the rest of our lives in house arrest to save him from the virus.

            Actually, I’m pretty sure, for people like him, it’s more about saving face than saving lives. They’re heavily committed to exaggerating the risk across the board.

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      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      Sometimes I wonder where commenters like this old pocket lives. Despite not being guaranteed that a helmet can save from a severe accident, essentially everybody I see biking here in Bangkok wear helmets (and masks, too). Conversely, I often saw foreigners in tourist spots (Phuket, Chaweng on Koh Samui, and Pattaya, just to name a few) not using them. The percentage of those who does not abide to this basic habit is however very, very low. One should really lives entombed under earth to not be aware of this evident fact, or must not live in Thailand at all.

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      Mark Evans

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      Good news. Mask compliance is up 100% due to 20,000 Baht fines and strict new law enforcement. But helmet compliance is down because no have or no need. Mai pen rai.

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    Bobby B

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Yes COVID kills people in Thailand, but the Traffic kills way more (yesterday 76 was killed and so far today 17 killed)

    Imagining if they could hav 20000THB fines for traffic breaking validations, maybe just maybe it would be safer on the roads then.

    Source for traffic deaths and injuries

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      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:51 am

      Agreed Bobby, I can’t see covid getting you while riding a scooter but so many ride without a helmet which can kill if in a accident.
      So wear both if you wish, but Hemet is a legal requirement and necessary.
      The logic or lack of is amazing (Thailand).
      I did see a frang lady swimming safe, with a mask on, lol

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Unfortunately, Jake P and Chupapi, people like Ted are the reason for the rise of the “dirty farang” stigma.

    Face masks aren’t about people being “scared”, but about consideration for others. They’re not PPE, they don’t protect the wearer, they protect others FROM the wearer – “I’m protecting you, and you’re protecting me”.

    I used to think some farangs (and it’s nearly always farangs) avoided wearing masks because they were “ignorant” – but evidently it’s not, it’s because they simply don’t give a sh1t about other people or consider others.

    It’s “I’m all right, Jack, and if you don’t like it then “keep your distance or stay at home” even in your own country”.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      Add farangs to the “dirty farang” equation who’ve bought Thai citizenship telling Thais to put profits first rather than take some responsibility for their staff whose cheap labour they’ve exploited, and it’s small wonder that Thais are getting sick of being treated as doormats.

      It may only be a small minority of farangs, but unfortunately for the rest of us it doesn’t take many.

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        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 5:27 pm

        John, sorry to say I’d written a long reply [it got deleted, here is some of it] to your comments about dirty farang’s, which most mean that Thais are the clean and respectful once…you are making me laugh! Have you ever been outside, clean is the last thing most Thais care about/understands. Sure you have been outside, been to a gym though? Not even the PTs, who represent their place of work, cleans after themselves or teaches beginners to do it. That is dirty!

        The world should, no needs, to cooperate and find solutions to muchๆ bigger problems, for example; Fiat Money, Increasing Access to Water, Poverty, the Male Dominant World, Marine Conservation, Deforestation and the Biology it Kills, Global Public Health (c19 is not even on the top of that list),Climate Crisis and Clean Energy to name a few.

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    What is point?

    Thai Government orderd and guided it and it’s now
    Follow it or leave. That simple.
    Helmet, seriously…

    It is hot here

    Real problem is drunken driving car and motobike. I really hate it. A month I saw a man drive truck in drunken for 3 times ii a week.

    I thought that I have to shoot him before he kills the child and father of family.

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    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Masks outside, in the wind, alone on a back street, on a motorcycle. Idiots. Just idiots.

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      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:52 pm

      Many years ago, some Asian people saw doctors wearing masks on TV while performing surgery, and, like small children, thought, “I want one too!” Fast forward 20 years and the mask has become a symbol of racial pride among Asians, as if to say to the world, “we were right all along!”

      Those who wore masks before covid have now upgraded to face shields. I suspect in 20 years we’ll all have to upgrade to face shields, and avant garde Asians will upgrade to hazmat suits.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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