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Face masks are mandatory in all provinces starting today


The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Thursday made it compulsory for people in all 77 provinces to wear face masks when leaving their residences, among several other measures effective from May 1 to contain Covid-19.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Interior had announced that people in 63 provinces having high infection rate would have to wear face masks, either cloth or sanitary type, in public places, or face a fine of up to THB20,000 under the Communicable Disease Act.

The CCSA announcement essentially extended the coverage of the ministry’s order to all provinces.

The CCSA also announced updated classification of provinces according to the severity of the Covid-19 situation.

▪︎ Six provinces have been classified as red zone, or maximum and strictly controlled area. They are: Bangkok, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan;

▪︎ 45 provinces are classified as light red zone, or maximum controlled area;

▪︎ 26 provinces are in tye orange zone, or controlled areas.

Face masks are mandatory in all provinces starting today

Provinces in the red zone will enforce the strictest rules, such as prohibiting the gathering of more than 20 people, no dine-in at restaurants, though takeaways are allowed until 9pm. These rules will be less strict in light red and orange zones, where a gathering of less than 50 people is allowed, dine-in at restaurants is allowed until 9pm and 11pm respectively.

Face masks are mandatory in all provinces starting today

Published : May 01, 2021

By : THE NATION