Fines for No Face Masks being implemented

29 Apr 2021

People who are found without a face mask in a public place face harsh fines, with at least 9 people fined so far this week. Officials are cracking down on people who don't wear face masks as disease control efforts are ramped up to stop Covid-19 from spreading. Thai police have certainly demonstrated their zeal for the crackdown by stopping people in all parts of the world.

The Bangkok Post states that fines ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 baht have been handed out, with a maximum penalty of 20,000 baht for not wearing a mask.

The fines are determined by the circumstances and the severity of the offence, according to Suriyan Hongvilai of the Office of the Judiciary. With the exception of dining, drinking, and exercising, provincial authorities have made mask-wearing mandatory in public spaces. The mask law is now in effect in 63 of Thailand's 77 provinces. Car drivers are often required to wear a mask if they have one or more passengers in the vehicle. The law applies even though they are travelling by car with someone they live with.

According to the Bangkok Post, two people were fined 2,000 baht each on Monday for failing to wear face masks in a court in the southern province of Surat Thani. The punishment was halved as a result of their guilty plea, according to reports. Another individual was fined 1,000 baht the next day in Surat Thani.

A provincial court in central Thailand fined two people who were found without face masks on Tuesday. A court in Ayutthaya fined two people 4,000 baht each, and another two people in the southern province of Yala were fined the same amount. The fines were also halved in both of these cases as a result of the accused's guilty pleas.