People who fail to wear face masks will be prosecuted: CCSA

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People in Thailand, including foreigners, who fail to wear a face mask when out in public face being prosecuted, a senior spokesperson for Thailand’s COVID-19 task force said on Monday (Nov 22).

Dr Apisamai Srirangson, spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said since Thailand had reopened to tourists, many foreigners were not wearing face masks and had been gathering in groups, which is in violation of the current rules aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.

While Dr Apisamai did not give specific details, she said that foreigners had been gathering at meetings and parties without wearing face masks.

This had cause transmissions of COVID-19, she said.

Despite the COVID-19 situation improving in Thailand, with the number of new cases having recently fallen to a four month low and more than 50 percent of the population now fully vaccinated, it is still important to wear a face mask when outside

Under the Communicable Disease Act, people who repeatedly fail to wear a face mask when out in public can be fined up to 20,000 THB.

The message regarding the requirement to wear a face mask when out in public was also reiterated in Monday’s English language briefing from the CCSA.