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Phuket under face mask order, B20k fine

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has issued a provincial order making it illegal to not wear a face mask in a public area. The penalty for breach of the order is a fine of up to B20,000 or may even include a jail term, the order warned.

Thursday 7 January 2021, 11:31PM


The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) published the order just before 6:30pm today (Jan 7).

The order was also marked as effective from today (Jan 7).

The order, designated Phuket Provincial Order 62/2021, was approved by the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee yesterday, noted the announcement by PR Phuket.

“Any person who leaves their home, residence in a house, house, building, place or vehicle, or is in a public place must always wear a face mask or cloth mask,” the order explained.

Proceeding without a face mask “could create unsanitary conditions that could cause dangerous communicable diseases or epidemics to spread”, it added.

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People are exempt from wearing a face mask while eating, drinking or exercising, the order noted.

Any person who violates or fails to comply with the order may be charged under Section 51 of the Communicable Diseases Act 2015, which incurs a fine of up to B20,000, the order warned.

Any breach of the order may also constitute an offense under Section 52 of the Communicable Diseases Act, which may be punished by a fine of up to B100,000 or up to one year in prison, or both.

Offences against the order may also be punished under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree, the order warned.

The order is to remain in effect until further notice.

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Kurt | 10 January 2021 - 10:07:43

Why not in this 'Provincial Order' ( it is not a law!) an combined order about face mask and helmet providing obligation by motorbike rental shop owners? Both can safe lives.

FYI313 | 09 January 2021 - 20:57:26

It's a good thing to impose this mandatory face mask law. I applaud Phuket for doing this. I noticed in Rawai that after the lockdown, people operating in tourism sectors stopped wearing masks or taking precautions. Because I had to do business with them, I had to urgently advise them to be careful and wear masks. They were completely unconcerned about the whole thing. Face mask laws are essen...

Paulnou | 09 January 2021 - 12:43:15

Perfect, do the same for no Helmets it will save 100 times more deaths. 

quinault11 | 08 January 2021 - 15:02:35

local people likes to smoke while waiting red light. I hate this activity so much. Could any cop fine them

Christy Sweet | 08 January 2021 - 13:32:16

Masks work. I'm not counting too much on the Chinese vaccines with emerging variants, esp us westerners. (The storage logistics alone req. high competency.) Masks are here to stay & other diseases are down for it, too. TB, influenza... 

Galong | 08 January 2021 - 10:17:10

Governor Narong Woonciew should create a hotline where folks can call in to report people who aren't wearing masks. In my village, I see the same people day after day not wearing masks. I've NEVER seen a cop in my village. 

Galong | 08 January 2021 - 10:15:13

@JohnC, yes, there are a lot of Westerners who don't wear mask and it's annoying.  However, to say it is "predominantly westerners" is simply inaccurate. I see loads of locals, mostly (and sadly) food handlers who don't wear masks.  I FULLY support this new rule. I seriously doubt it will be enforced, except maybe at the Chalong Roundabout against any Westerner who rides by. 

JohnC | 08 January 2021 - 09:15:16

Good! Mostly locals wear them anyway but far too many expats, predominantly westerners,  flaunt this law simply because they don't like to wear them or they are just arseholes who only ever care about themselves. Kick them out of the country if they won't comply.

LALALA | 08 January 2021 - 07:32:48

“could create unsanitary conditions that could cause dangerous communicable diseases or epidemics to spread”... The island is full of garbage anyway, maybe get rid of this dump first

goldwing | 08 January 2021 - 05:39:16

and who is going to enforce this the RTP? then forget it not enough tea money

 

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