Mask wearing in Pattaya mandatory from tomorrow, heavy fines or jail time possible for those who don’t wear masks


As we previously stated in our articles covering the upcoming Pattaya City closure to the outside to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, mask wearing will become compulsory as of tomorrow, April 8th, 2020, in all areas of Pattaya City that are public.

Here is our previous coverage about the city closures:

Pattaya City begins restricted closure tomorrow, here is a detailed explanation of what is happening

Many local businesses and stores that are still open have been requiring masks for several weeks regardless, but many local residents, Thais and foreigners alike, have been spotted not wearing masks in public.

Many foreigners in particular don’t wear masks as in some Western countries doctors and health professionals advise against mask wearing for multiple reasons. However, most Asian doctors agree that mask wearing helps prevent the virus. Regardless of ones personal stance on mask wearing, the fact is that it becomes compulsory tomorrow due to the Chonburi Governors order and those who refuse face tough possible punishment.

Under the Emergency Decree laws currently in place for Thailand one could see a fine of up to 100,000 baht or even up to a year in jail for not wearing a mask in public.

So, as of tomorrow, The Pattaya News advises all residents and tourists to wear a mask at all times when outside in the city, regardless of the amount of people around or your personal stance on mask wearing.

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