Leading Phuket doctor advises the public to still wear face masks especially indoors despite mask mandate removal

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A leading Phuket doctor advises the public to still wear face masks in areas with lots of people and indoor locations despite the mask mandate being dropped nationally in Thailand.

Our previous story:

The Phuket governor Narong Woonciew has released a new order on June 25th for dropping the mask mandate, following a national order released late last night, June 23rd, here.

The director of Vachira Phuket Hospital Doctor Weerasak Lorthongkam told The Phuket Express, “Even though the mask mandated has been dropped, Covid -19 still exists and the pandemic is not over, despite most cases being mild. So wearing face masks is still NECESSARY’ to prevent ourselves from getting Covid -19 and to protect those in our community who may be vulnerable or at risk.”

“In risky areas like in busy public parks, hospitals, meeting rooms, places with lots of people, or indoor area with less airflow it is stilk NECESSARY’ to wear face masks. This doesn’t mean it is mandated, but doctors advise people to continue to wear masks in these areas.” Weerasak continued.

“For Covid-19 patients or high-risk people, it is ‘NECESSARY’ to wear masks when staying with other people period.” Weerasak added.

“Entertainment venues still need Covid-19 precautions as some people are being infected with Covid-19. We want to be back to normal like before but now we still need to go slowly step by step.” Weerasak concluded.

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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.