The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has confirmed that first time offences for not wearing a face mask in public areas is to be no more than B1,000.

The announcement followed concerns aired online after it was announced that the maximum fine for not wearing a mask in public areas was B20,000.

Many foreign visitors were not wearing face masks and gathering in groups, said CCSA spokeswoman Dr Apisamai Srirangson.

Not wearing face masks while in public areas or when joining group activities was a violation of COVID-19 disease control regulations, she said.

Foreigners will be prosecuted if they fail to comply, she added.

Under the Disease Control Act, you are required to always wear masks while you are in public spaces or while doing activities in groups and there is a maximum B20,000 fine for failing to do so.

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