According to a statement signed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Thai government has withdrawn its mask mandate with immediate effect as the COVID -19 situation in the country has improved.
“The wearing of hygienic or cloth masks shall be voluntary,” read the announcement, published in the Royal Gazette on Thursday.
According to an official Ministry of Health source who spoke on record with CNA, the relaxation of the mask requirement is effective both indoors and outdoor settings.
According to the Royal Gazette publication, the ministry continues to encourage people to wear masks in crowded places or in places where social distancing is difficult or ventilation is poor.
The same recommendation applies to people with respiratory problems, high-risk contacts and those suffering from COVID -19 infection.
Although the national ban on masks has been abolished, private businesses and certain entertainment venues may still require the use of masks.
Despite the fact that it is a recommendation and not a requirement, the Ministry of Health has again called for masks to be worn in “crowded or inadequately ventilated spaces.”
The government has also relaxed the mask requirement, stating that amusement establishments can operate as long as they comply with the law and take preventive measures.
Previously, venues were only allowed to open until midnight.
The COVID -19 situation in Thailand has improved, and there have been fewer infections and deaths as a result, according to Thursday’s announcement.
As a result, various restrictions and measures have been eased to allow the public to live almost normal lives and engage in social and economic activities.
Yesterday, the Department of Disease Control reported 2,313 new COVID -19 infections and 16 deaths. Since January 1, Thailand has recorded 8,861 deaths related to COVID -19.
As of July 1, visitors must present a valid vaccination certificate or a negative ATK/RT-PCR test result from a test conducted within the last 72 hours to enter Thailand quarantine free.
It is no longer necessary to purchase health insurance or apply for the Thailand Pass.