No-mask fines now apply in 31 provinces

No-mask fines now apply in 31 provinces

Interior Ministry updates list of provinces where face coverings are mandatory in public places

Residents of 31 provinces must wear masks every time they leave home or they could be fined up to 4,000 baht. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
Residents of 31 provinces must wear masks every time they leave home or they could be fined up to 4,000 baht. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

Thirty-one provinces are now warning their residents to wear masks when they leave home or face a fine.

The update comes as the national Covid-19 case total passed 50,000 on Friday, with authorities warning that a shortage of intensive-care beds was a real possibility if the virus cannot be brought under control.

The Interior Ministry released a list of the 31 provinces where mask wearing outside the home to guard against the spread of Covid-19 is now compulsory. They are:

NORTH

  • Chiang Rai
  • Phetchabun
  • Sukhothai
  • Tak
  • Uttaradit

NORTHEAST

  • Chaiyaphum
  • Maha Sarakham
  • Mukdahan
  • Nong Khai
  • Si Sa Ket
  • Surin
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Udon Thani
  • Yasothon

CENTRAL AND EAST

  • Ang Thong
  • Ayutthaya
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Phetchaburi
  • Prachin Buri
  • Rayong
  • Samut Sakhon
  • Suphan Buri

SOUTH

  • Narathiwat
  • Pattani
  • Phangnga
  • Phatthalung
  • Phuket
  • Ranong
  • Satun
  • Surat Thani
  • Trang

Authorities said violators could be fined up to 4,000 baht under the Communicable Disease Act if they ignore putting on a mask in public places.

A 37-year-old man was fined by the Surat Thani District Court on Wednesday for failing to wear a protective mask after a prosecutor brought a case against him.

The court halved the financial penalty to 2,000 baht as the defendant confessed to the offence.


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