Mrs. Silapasuai Rawisaengsun, Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), talked about questions and doubts raised by many people and media on the mandatory mask wearing according to the Announcement of BMA on “Citizens in Bangkok Metropolis Area Shall Always Wear Sanitary or Fabric Face Masks outside Residence or Accommodation”. She clarified that the intention of this Announcement is mainly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from person to person. While living or staying together with other people in buildings and premises, everyone must wear sanitary or fabric face mask. While being outside in public places, everyone must wear face mask at all times, despite being alone, because other people may come or use that place later.
In case of being inside any vehicles: If there is more than one person in the vehicle, the driver and passengers must wear sanitary or fabric face masks, even if they are of the same family. This is for the benefit of disease prevention and operation of related officers. In case of driving alone, the driver is allowed to not wearing face mask.
In case of news anchors/TV programme productions in studio: Production studio is considered as a public place outside private residence and accommodation according to the said BMA Announcement. Moreover, it is the place where more than one person working together in a closed and air-conditioned room with many people come in and out continuously. Consequently, the TV news anchors or the TV show hosts are obliged to wear face mask according to the BMA Announcement during news presenting and hosting TV programmes. In addition, news anchors and the TV show hosts are public figures whose images and appearance are shown in front of the general public; therefore, they should wear face mask and be set as good example for other people during the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 and the situation where the public cooperation and compliance with stringent preventive and control measures are needed.
In case of children aged younger than 2 years: Medically, it is recommended not to wear face mask because children under 2 years old do not know how to safely and appropriately use or remove a face mask and they could be suffocated and dead. Thus, they are not required to wear face mask. However, parents must avoid taking them to crowded public places or areas prone to the spread of disease.