Thai vendor prices masks above legal limit


The outbreak of COVID-19 resulted in panic-buying and stockpiling of supplies across the globe. Toilet paper, anti-bacterial soaps, alcohol gel and especially, surgical masks were considered a luxury.

With the recent spike in Coronavirus cases across Thailand, citizens are back at it again with buying surgical masks in bulk.
A convenience store manager in Trang tried to take advantage of the rise in demand by selling surgical masks at ฿10/piece, reported Khaosod English.


Thai government imposed price caps


In 1999, the Royal Thai Government passed the Price of Goods and Services Act places a price cap on masks at ฿2.5/piece. Violators of the law can face up to 5 years in prison. 

nurse in protective equipmentHaute couture, Spring Season: Gloves, face shields, surgical masks and gowns were sold out within weeks
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Earlier this year, seven vendors were prosecuted for the same crime.


Keeping up with community guidelines


With a possible second wave ensuing, the Government has asked that citizens who witness a surcharge of masks and other goods to contact the Department of Internal Trade’s hotline 1569


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