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Phuket forcing no mask wearing with Bt40,000 fines

(if anyone has the money to pay)

The move to crack down on people not wearing face masks while in public was ratcheted up this weekend 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

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

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

“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. – The Phuket News

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