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Mask requirement to be dropped outdoors, low-risk areas

Mask requirement to be dropped outdoors, low-risk areas

BANGKOK: The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Friday (June 17) agreed to ease the requirement for wearing a face mask, making it purely voluntary outdoors or in uncrowded places.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 17 June 2022, 07:29PM


People wear face masks as they stroll through the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market. Photo: Apichart Jinakul / Bangkok Post

People wear face masks as they stroll through the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market. Photo: Apichart Jinakul / Bangkok Post

The CCSA meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, agreed that this and other easing of COVID-19 controls would take effect when published in the Royal Gazette, reported the Bangkok Post.

A spokesman earlier said the target date for the changes was July 1.

The planned relaxation of COVID-19 controls are:

  • Redesignating all 77 provinces nationwide as  green COVID surveilance zones. Currently there are 14 green, 46 yellow high sureillance provinces and 17 blue or tourism "sandbox’’ provinces;
  • Extending the closing hours of nightspots, pubs, bars, karaoke shopsbars and similar venues from midnight to 2am; and, 
  • Allowing people to go unmasked on a voluntary basis when they are in low-risk areas, uncrowded areas  or outdoors, across the country.

Face mask wearing will still be required in crowded and poorly ventilated areas such as public transport, and markets and concert venues. 

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Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the CCSA, said the prime minister thanked people for their full cooperation in wearing masks.

However, further cooperation was still needed. Gen Prayut said most people still wore face masks, as they recognised their usefulness, said Dr Taweesilp.

The Department of Health director-general would provide guidance regarding the eased COVID-19 controls and the date for the new measures to take effect, the CCSA spokesman said.

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DeKaaskopp | 19 June 2022 - 00:10:47

Yes Foot.20 or 30 deaths a day are nothing.Who cares.People die.No need to keep that mask wearing rule any longer.Let those vulnerable people look after themselve.

Foot | 18 June 2022 - 13:31:54

Good news.  Heck there are only 20-30 deaths daily so why be concerned?  Same reason nothing is done about traffic deaths.

JohnC | 18 June 2022 - 09:36:15

May as well because of the sheer amount of people (mostly foreigners) who are ignoring the rules anyway. Mostly because they were never enforced in the first place so selfish people just don't care about others.

DeKaaskopp | 17 June 2022 - 23:46:21

Good news , but those were expected.Anyway  finally it's going back slowly to the old times.No "new normal " as  same people predicted.

 

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