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Thailand is not going to take off their masks

Nine out of 10 Thais vow to wear masks even after abolition as of July 1

An overwhelming majority of Thais say they will continue to wear face masks after the mandatory wearing of masks nationwide is lifted next month, the Nation reports.

Earlier, the Thai government announced that as of July 1 it would no longer be mandatory to wear a mask in public places. However, according to a recent Ministry of Health survey, 93.3 per cent of Thais said they would continue to wear masks.

Only 6.7 per cent said they would stop covering their faces.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha thanked members of the public for wearing masks in large numbers, which he said contributed to Thailand’s success in fighting Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses, according to the Coronavirus Management Center. The prime minister suggested that wearing masks should be voluntary, adding that many should continue to wear them to reduce the risk of infection. Prayuth pointed to the elderly and people with chronic illnesses who have not been vaccinated, as well as Covid-19 patients and others in high-risk groups.

The prime minister added that masks can be removed outdoors in sparsely populated areas. Wearing a mask is still recommended indoors with people who are not members of the same family.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul insisted that the decision to eliminate the mandatory wearing of masks did not come from his ministry. However, he confirmed that the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions across the country meant that people could remove their face masks while outdoors and at a safe distance from others.

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