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Phuket Governor order warns of B20k fine for not wearing mask in public

Phuket Governor order warns of B20k fine for not wearing mask in public

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has issued an order warning that persons in Phuket found not wearing a face mask while in a public area risk being fined up to B20,000.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 7 April 2020, 01:23PM

The order was posted on the PR Phuket official Facebook page last night (Apr 6). (See post here.)

The notice warned, “Any persons who exit a building must wear a face mask or fabric mask at all times, and any activities which may lead to the disease spreading are banned.

“Any person who does not follow [these rules] will face punishment under Section 51 of the Communicable Disease Act, which has a maximum fine of up to B20,000.”

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The notice was posted alongside the order, which was dated as signed by Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana yesterday (Apr 6).

The order came into effect today (Apr 7).


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goldwing | 09 April 2020 - 13:05:21

@jor12,  1 death from Covid 19 so far on Phuket, how many motorcyclists killed not wearing helmets. Wearing a mask will not stop you getting the virus. Yes I care about others, that is why I advocate wearing helmets, maybe you are one of the one not wearing a helmet. 

Jor12 | 09 April 2020 - 10:45:29

@goldwing... these are emergency decrees by order of the government in order to prevent the widespread loss of lives. The need to prevent transmission and death from the virus far outweighs the need to wear helmets (or any other misdemeanor you care to name.) It seems you don't have that same level of care as the rest of the population.  

Kurt | 08 April 2020 - 21:54:35

@ematt, why you suggest superior expertise to a Governor's Office what not even has the most normal professional expertise in house for her inhabitants? It is a ceremonial office , remember? With dressings for every time show.

goldwing | 08 April 2020 - 14:08:27

How about a 20K THB fine for not wearing a crash helmet, RTP seem very keen on enforcing the dumb mask law but not a law that will save far more lives

ematt | 08 April 2020 - 13:42:13

Shwe maybe you could travel over to the governor's office and offer up your superior expertise....

Timothy | 08 April 2020 - 10:17:28

R2, I totally agree. It is impossible to read Phuket News on my mobile. Nothing but ads come up. A lot worse in just the past few days.

Rorri_2 | 08 April 2020 - 10:01:25

CaptainJack69 I've had to give up using my mobile, to read PN, for that very reason... can't find an ad blocker that works.. I will keep trying.

Christy Sweet | 08 April 2020 - 09:34:56

I'm sick of the health insurance ads with naked women. How about some nice looking men for a change? 

Shwe | 08 April 2020 - 07:37:54

Instead of issuing edicts like some petty little dictator he should try doing something useful like ensuring and adequate supply of good quality N95 mask not the cheap rubbish being given away by the government which are useless

Shwe | 08 April 2020 - 05:47:02

The World Health Organization (WHO) has looked at the latest evidence, including whether the virus can be projected further than previously thought.
It wanted to re-examine whether the general public might benefit from wearing masks.
Its experts decided that it remains the case that medical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers, not the general public.
Only two groups of people should

Capricornball | 07 April 2020 - 18:08:45

Police also need to check out all the french arabs in Kamala...many wearing no masks, and massing together back in the community...complete disregard for rules...and making it worse for everyone.

CaptainJack69 | 07 April 2020 - 17:33:27

We all understand that you need the revenue from advertisements to run your business PN, and we appreciate what you do. But 3 lines of content between each advert is beginning to feel like there's too many.

Robin G | 07 April 2020 - 16:53:02

Can the authorities please go to the roadblock at the Nai Harn road that goes around the lake. 
There are every day young western men and women together doing exercises without wearing face mask and putting us all in danger


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