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Bangkok’s new governor uploads a video of himself jogging without a mask

Chadchart Sittipunt, the new governor of Bangkok, shared a video of himself on a daily jog in the city while covering his face. The latest edict’s publication in the Royal Gazette made any doubt regarding face masks clear.

Chadchart and several friends or coworkers can be seen wearing coordinated T-shirts in the video. The gathering leaves from Lumpini Park and can be seen moving on to other locations after passing through Bangkok’s Asoke neighborhood. In order to allow people to live more normally, mask wearing will now only be done on a voluntary basis. In order to lower the risk of infection transmission, the Ministry of Population Health only advises the general public to wear a mask when living with others in a crowded space, in public gatherings where they can’t maintain social distance, or in places with poor ventilation. “Running to work,” the caption reads. Chadchart informed the media that he will continue to use masks when going to meetings. It should be okay in open areas, but you can carry a mask with you in case you need to enter a building or other enclosed area, or even board a commuter boat, he advised. While Thailand has a reputation for being obsessed with face masks, one politician in Bangkok is cheering the end of the country’s mask laws in public areas. If you read between the lines of the most recent declaration regarding masks, you still have to wear one on public transportation, for example, even though you can walk through the streets and other public areas. There will be fewer people wearing face masks on the streets of Thailand, despite the fact that the official declaration creates many more doubts. It remains to be seen how quickly foreigners and Thais will break their two-year and two-month habit.

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