Samut Sakhon has become the first province in Thailand to make wearing face masks in public compulsory.
A new rule issued under the current state of emergency has stated that anyone who doesn’t wear a face mask in public or when outside of their residence must pay a fine up to 20,000 baht.
The order will take effect from Friday, April 5th and does not have an expiry date as of yet.
Samut Sakhon, located in the southwest of Thailand has 10 confirmed cases of coronavirus since mid-March. The new rules are designed to prevent more infections throughout the province.
The face mask rule follows new order placed on provinces throughout Thailand, including a full lockdown in Phuket, the closure of all stores between midnight and 5 am in Bangkok, and a curfew for residents in Nonthaburi between 11 pm and 5 am, among others.