Mask-wearing now optional in Thailand for both indoor and outdoor settings

Allowing the public to live closer to a new normal.

Charlotte Chang

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Published: 27 June 2022, 12:25 PM

Wearing of face masks will no longer be mandatory in indoor and outdoor settings, according to an announcement signed Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Jun 23, Thursday.

“The wearing of hygienic or cloth masks shall be voluntary,” the announcement read. It was published in the Royal Gazette, the Thai government’s public journal and newspaper of record of Thailand.

According to the announcement, the decision was made to allow the general public to live closer to a new normal as the COVID-19 situation in Thailand improves.

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health recommends masks to still be kept on in crowded settings where social distancing is not possible, or in spaces with poor ventilation. 

Those with existing health conditions, as well as the elderly, are advised to continue wearing masks as well.

Those infected with the COVID-19 virus, close contacts, or those who display symptoms are also strongly encouraged to mask up.

The announcement advised the public to consider the benefits of wearing masks, such as reducing the risk of transmission of diseases, including COVID-19, and other health risks.

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