Since Sunday, everyone in Bangkok, Thailand had to wear a mask. On Monday, the country’s prime minister went unmasked during a meeting and had to pay.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was fined 6,000 baht – about $ 190 – the Bangkok governor wrote on Facebook Monday.
The fine came after Prayuth posted a photo on Facebook showing him not wearing a mask at a meeting, according to Reuters. The photo has since been deleted, but has been widely shared online.
“I informed the prime minister that it was a violation of the rules,” the governor wrote in his Facebook post. The fine for violating the order of the masks could be up to 20,000 baht, or $ 638.25, according to the Thai government.
The order to wear masks outside the home comes after the government instituted a temporary closure of some places in Bangkok.
In the order, the governor stated that the number ofInfected people have continued to increase and necessary measures need to be implemented urgently, according to the government.
Thailand has reported 59,688 coronavirus cases and 163 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
According to Reuters, COVID-19 infections in the country peaked this week, with 1,966 new infections reported every day. This is the highest daily average reported in Thailand.
Orders to wear masks in public have been implemented in cities around the world, such as New York. Experts and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say masks are an effective way to slow the spread of the virus and should be worn even after vaccination.
On Tuesday, the CDC unveiled updated U.S. guidelines detailing activities vaccinated people can safely resume, including attending small outdoor gatherings without the need to wear a mask.
The Biden administration said the “interim public health recommendations” are a “first step to help fully vaccinated Americans” to resume the activities they stopped doing during the pandemic, “low-risk to themselves, despite being aware of the potential risk of transmitting the virus to others “.
YouLet’s say fully vaccinated people can engage in some outdoor activities, such as walking and dining outdoors and attending small outdoor gatherings, without wearing masks.