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Phuket face mask crackdown ramped up in revised restrictions order

Phuket face mask crackdown ramped up in revised restrictions order

PHUKET: The move to crack down on people not wearing face masks while in public was ratcheted up last night with Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew issuing an order to ramp up restrictions already imposed in Phuket to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 1 May 2021, 11:12AM

The new order, titled Phuket Province Order 2408/2564 dated April 30, 2021, is marked to be in effect from May 1 (today) to May 12.

The order is an amendment to the main order imposing the current COVID restrictions issued in the order issued on Wednesday (Apr 28).

“Wearing a surgical mask or cloth mask to prevent the spread of disease when outside home or in public places to reduce the risk of infection and prevent the emergence of unsanitary conditions in order to limit the spread of disease outbreaks,” is required.

“When out of dwelling or in public places, people wear a surgical mask or cloth mask and must wear properly as recommended by the Ministry of Public Health,” the new order noted.

“When encountering non-compliant [persons] as above the competent official shall warn and order that person to act correctly. If that person does not follow the officers instructions, the officer is to proceed in accordance with the Communicable Disease Act B.E. 2558 and its amendments and comply with Phuket Provincial Order No. 62/2564 dated 7 January 2021,” the order made clear.

The order also mandated that all schools and other educational institutions are to close, including government and private schools, vocational colleges, private education centres, universities and tutoring institutions.

“Teaching and teaching locations outside all educational establishments [are to] refrain from teaching and teaching management, and refrain from organising any activities that require grouping of students, except for the arrangement of the exam to be administered,” the order noted.


“In the case of admissions to study in educational institutions for the academic year 2021, the school administrators shall prescribe the highest precautions and preventive measures in the process of enrolling students. The form should be accepted via electronic media (online). If an interview exam is required, the highest concentration of precautions must be taken and to strictly follow the [regulations implemented by the] Phuket Communicable Disease Committee.

The order also revised the closure of walking street markets, regular markets and night markets, which can operate at the regular time and place. but not later than 9pm and must strictly follow the preventive measures prescribed by the government

All snooker and billiard table venues are ordered closed.

All other restrictions imposed by the Apr 28 order are to remain in effect.

Due to the “urgency of necessity” and that any delay in imposing the measures “will cause serious damage to the public or affect the public interest”, people may not exercise their right to object to the measures imposed, the order noted, with the authorities empowered to do so under Article 30 of the Administrative Procedure Act, B.E. 2539.

“If anyone violates or fails to comply with this order it may be an offense under Section 51, and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding B20,000 or Section 52, which shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding B100,000, or both, under the Communicable Diseases Act B.E. 2558,” the order warned.

Further punishment may be instituted under Section 9 of the Emergency Decree, under which persons shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of not exceeding two years or a fine of up to B40,000, or both.

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Christy Sweet | 07 May 2021 - 10:28:00

Skip, The RA tests have a failure rate of just under 50%  when people are asymptomatic, and is  how SARS CoV-2  reemerged. Thailand's decision submitting to  the capitalist disciples'  demand and open up too soon was the catalyst.

Christy Sweet | 07 May 2021 - 10:21:30

'Shedding' is a term  for when people are contagious and spread a pathogen. What is not a fact is your assertions vaccinations are causing  people to spread SARS Cov-2 more than before they were vaccinated. Your argument is known as a 'straw-man' (based on a lie) and complete BS. 

skip | 07 May 2021 - 02:19:28

if everyone entering thailand and phuket are covid tested before departure then tested on arrival, why has there been an outbreak when phuket has been covid free for ages ? if vexxine shedding isnt the cause, WHAT IS THE CAUSE ? please keep in mind that i predicted the post vexxine rollout outbreak months ago as it was an obvious conclusion based on historical science.

skip | 07 May 2021 - 02:10:09

christy sweet, whilst i respect your opinion on shedding, the fact still remains that shedding is a medical term and the key here is published peer reviewed studies. it appears several times in the Lancet, New England journal of medicine, the JAMA as well as the WHO and CDC websites.  it isnt disputed by mainstream medicos however the media play it down as it isnt good for the vexxine business. 

DavidUSA | 04 May 2021 - 09:23:25

Christy I moved out of the USA to Thailand to get away from white women....I cannot stand them more than you could begin to fathom. Also I'm a millionaire here in Phuket. I am a real man in this life and I'm the only man I know in this life. I have never once in my entire life met another man before, all are sissies and cowards and punks and chumps and nobodies. All wear masks like cowards...

Christy Sweet | 03 May 2021 - 12:25:05

Guess DavidUSA isn't in Thailand where simple gestures protecting other's health isn't seen as some sort of plot to strip men of their toxic masculinity - or he's not going  anywhere. Skip, I was referring to Sinovac's reported 52% effectiveness. I think "shedding"from vaccines  is BS. 

DavidUSA | 03 May 2021 - 09:57:40

Nobody on this planet is going to make me wear a mask. And from this point forward anybody who tries is going to get their neck snapped and their back broken on get ready for war ladies and gentlemen on a gold and silver platter....death and destruction is coming at full speed.....

Kurt | 03 May 2021 - 09:23:16

BangkokPost has today a good editorial: "Don't reject private help".

Kurt | 03 May 2021 - 09:20:48

There still to many 'may be's' .  As vaccination goes to slow, many don't become immune, ( if they will), and if, than how long will that last? We don't know. That herd immunity thinking is still wish full thinking. Scientists don't know yet how it will work out with Covid-19. As long the Government blocks the willing private sector to vaccinate, the longer Thailand remains...

skip | 03 May 2021 - 04:40:16

the statement made by christy sweet where she speculates the 48% not vexinated will have no immunity. the 48% may have already had covid and have immunity and these people may take the personal effort to have healthy lifestyles and take prophylactic measures. it isnt by accident that a certain subset dont get sick, it is by hard work and sacrifice. god help johnny bag of doughnuts.

Christy Sweet | 01 May 2021 - 20:13:40

Shedding?  Or.. people think they are magically free from virus  because they've had a shot and embark upon high risk behavior infecting others. It's 4 weeks AFTER the second dose of Sinovac that   52% of  people have some immunity. 48% never will   

maverick | 01 May 2021 - 14:13:33

Close mosques , temples , and all places where people might gather - and ask neighbors to report gatherings in people’s homes until virus has been eradicated across the country - curfews from 6pm to 6am and close all parks beaches and outdoor gathering places 3 months should do it, until of course virus returns then same process again.

skip | 01 May 2021 - 12:39:48

the outbreaks are caused by veccine shedding when recipients are contagious for 14 days post jab, most medics agree. the graph for indias infections /deaths coincides with the introduction of the veccine and the ramping up of the veccine mid march. phukets graph is very similar. it makes sense as all entering phuket were covid free. herd immunity will be created by removing all covid restrictions.

Christy Sweet | 01 May 2021 - 11:34:21

JHFC ! People are still allowed  to dine indoors at  restaurants which is # 1 on the list of great  ways to spread SARS CoV-2.   Shut it ALL down for 3 weeks and be done with it.  Give everyone under a certain income 5,000 to buy groceries AND BE DONE WITH IT.   


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