No-mask fines now apply in 31 provinces
Interior Ministry updates list of provinces where face coverings are mandatory in public places
published : 23 Apr 2021 at 19:20
writer: Online Reporters
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:
- Chiang Rai
- Maha Sarakham
- Nong Khai
- Si Sa Ket
- Ubon Ratchathani
- Udon Thani
CENTRAL AND EAST
- Ang Thong
- Prachin Buri
- Samut Sakhon
- Suphan Buri
- Surat Thani
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.