The government of Thailand’s pandemic response center said the country is at risk of another covid-19 outbreak because some foreign visitors are failing to follow disease control measures. Above all wearing facemasks in public.
Dr. Apisamai Srirangson, a spokesperson for Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation, said the agency has received complaints from hotel staff and provincial officials who have witnessed foreign visitors violating coronavirus safety measures.
Foreign Tourists are subject to the nationwide mask mandate. The mandate carries a maximum fine of 20,000 baht for violators. Not wearing a facemask can also be considered a criminal offense.
If foreign visitors do not comply, they will be prosecuted, the spokesperson said.
In English, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesman Natapanu Nopakun reiterated the threat and advised foreigners to wear facemasks. The spokesperson also reminded everyone that under the Communicable Disease Act, masks are required to attend public activities.
Face Masks required by Law
Face Masks are required in public spaces and during group activities, the spokesperson said. “There is a maximum of 20,000 baht for failing to do so.”
As the covid-19 outbreak was beginning in late April, a face mask mandate was imposed after high-ranking government officials and VIPs who flouted social distancing rules.
Everywhere you look these days, you’re likely to spot a blue and white face mask. Nearly two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, disposable face masks are a part of daily life now.
Because the masks are such a key preventative tool against covid-19, it’s important to wear them correctly. Meaning not wearing them under your chin or white side out.
Face Masks should be worn the color side out, wire edge up.
The colored side, “usually blue” goes on the outside, and the edge with a piece of wire in it goes to the top, over your nose. The blue side is water-resistant. The masks are intended for medical staff to protect themselves while doing medical procedures that generated splashes.
If masks are worn well they complement the protection provided by the Covid-19 vaccine.