Surat Thani orders residents to wear masks or face Bt20,000 fine


Surat Thani Governor Wichawut Jinto has ordered all residents and travellers in the province to wear sanitary or cloth masks when in public or face a fine of up to Bt20,000.

The order issued on Monday takes effect from Tuesday.

“The Surat Thani Committee for Communicable Disease has agreed to enforce the order as the Covid-19 situation in the province is escalating, with the number of infected people rising,” the announcement said.

“Under this order, every person must wear a sanitary or cloth face mask when leaving their residences.”

Those who disobey the order will be in violation of Section 51 of the Communicable Disease Act BE 2558, which is punishable by a maximum fine of Bt20,000.

On Monday Surat Thani reported 47 new confirmed patients of Covid-19, driving the number of accumulated cases in the province since the new wave in late March to 210 patients, while only 7 persons have been discharged.