Phuket cancels easing of mask mandate at outside places like beaches and parks

Phuket –

The Phuket governor has canceled an order allowing relaxed outdoor usage of masks at places such as beaches and parks to requiring that one MUST wear masks at all public spaces, even if apart from other people.

Previous order:

The Phuket Governor on May 31st, 2022 issued an order regarding the current face mask mandate.

Yesterday evening (June 2nd) the Phuket Governor has released a new order and canceled the previous order about facemask mandates relaxing slightly.

The new order states that people must still wear face masks in all public areas (except as noted below), especially in closed areas with no airflow, and when joining activities with many people.

According to the order, one can take off their face mask while:

  1. Drinking or eating
  2. Exercise in an open area with airflow away from other people
  3. To verify identity at the request of a competent official.

The Phuket Express notes that the exception Number 4 in the previous order which stated “At beaches, public parks, and sports stadiums with two meters distance from others.” has been removed.

The order takes effect from yesterday (June 2nd) until further notice. No reason was given for the change which has got nearly universal criticism on TPN media’s English speaking social media channels.

The order is in Thai below.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and Chonburi, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.