Phuket cancels removing face masks in open air after just one day


AFTER having issued an announcement that people could remove their face masks in four circumstances on June 1,  Phuket authorities today (June 3) cancelled permission to remove them in the open air, beaches, parks or well-ventilated places, said.

In today’s announcement the island’s authorities said the public had to continue wearing surgical or cloth face masks outside their residence, when travelling in vehicles or in public places so as to control Covid-19 infection.

They may only remove these masks when eating or drinking, exercising or verifying their identity to government officials.

Meanwhile the Public Health Ministry said this morning (June 3) that there were 2,560 Covid cases, three of them foreigners, and 32 fatalities over the past 24 hours taking the cumulative confirmed total since Jan. 1 to 2,237,121 and since the start of the pandemic 4,44750,556.

Today’s 32 fatalities raised the death toll to 30,113.

Another 4,238 patients were cured taking total recoveries since Jan. 1 to 2,227,051 while 34,898 are still undergoing treatment.


Top: A face mask required sign at a Phuket beach. The Thai headline says, “Only removed it for a day.” Photo:

Home Page: Patong beach. Photo: Dennis Sylvester Hurd

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