Thai prime minister fined $190 for not wearing face mask

April 27, 2021 - 12:06 PM
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha removes his face mask and spectacles as he attends a family photo session with new cabinet ministers at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand August 13, 2020. (Reuters/Jorge Silva/File Photo)

BANGKOK — Thailand‘s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was fined 6,000 baht ($190) on Monday for breaching rules aimed at containing the coronavirus by not wearing a face mask, the governor of Bangkok said.

“I informed the prime minister this was a violation of rules”, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang wrote on his official Facebook page. The move came after a photograph of Prayuth appeared on his Facebook page showing him not wearing a mask in a meeting. The photograph was later removed.

The prime minister made an inquiry to city hall about the restrictions, which specify that masks should be worn at all times outside residences, prompting his fine, said Aswin. —Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng Editing by Ed Davies