Mask rule to end in June

Mask rule to end in June

People wear face masks while visiting Khao San Road in Bangkok during Songkran in mid-April. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)
People wear face masks while visiting Khao San Road in Bangkok during Songkran in mid-April. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

Mandatory mask-wearing will be limited to people with underlying illnesses, the elderly and pregnant women in mid-June, according to authorities.

The compulsory wearing of face masks will still apply to people in poorly ventilated places and crowded areas, the permanent secretary for public health said on Tuesday.

The Covid-19 situation was improving faster than expected and the disease would become endemic in the country as planned, he said, referring to the Public Health Ministry's plan to declare Covid-19 an endemic disease on July 1.

Local health officials will offer advice to people on how to safely live with Covid-19, he said.

The government made wearing a face mask in public mandatory early last year and also set a fine for violations, to help limit the spread of Covid.

A recent survey found people had become more lenient with mask-wearing.

Vocabulary

  • advice: an opinion or a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation - คำแนะนำ
  • compulsory: if something is compulsory, you must do it because of a rule or law - ที่จำเป็นต้องทำ
  • endemic: regularly found in a particular place or among a particular group of people and difficult to get rid of - ประจำท้องถิ่น
  • lenient: not strict; not giving someone as strong a punishment as you could - ลงโทษสถานเบา หรือให้ความเมตตา
  • mandatory: ordered by a law or rule - ตามข้อบังคับ
  • pregnant: having a baby developing inside the body - ท้อง ตั้งครรภ์
  • underlying (adj): important in a situation but not always easily noticed or stated clearly; existing under the surface of something else - ที่สำคัญและซ่อนอยู่, ที่อยู่ในตำแหน่งต่ำกว่า
  • ventilate: to allow fresh air to enter and move around a room, building, etc. -
  • violations (noun): the breaking of rules or laws - การฝ่าฝืน
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