Thai cabinet to be asked to ease requirements for face masks in “COVID Safe” areas

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health will ask the government to ease requirements for the wearing of face masks in “COVID Safe” areas, such as beaches and public parks.

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiattibhoom Vongrachit said, during his visit to the Chaiyaphum provincial hospital yesterday (Friday), that the requirement to wear face masks in public places could be eased in certain areas, when COVID-19 situation in the country has improved and most of the population has been fully vaccinated.

He added, however, that, if the requirement for face masks outdoors is to be eased in certain areas, other restrictions, such as social distancing, bans on food sales and crowding must be strictly enforced.

In the north-eastern province of Chaiyaphum, 53.64% of the population, or 608,748, people have received their first vaccine shots, said Dr. Kiattibhoom, adding that he hasinstructed health officials to accelerate inoculations to cover more people.

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