21 arrested in Chiang Mai for breaching coronavirus curfew

21 people were arrested in Chiang Mai Province overnight April 3-4 for breaching the newly introduced coronavirus curfew, the highest number of arrests across the Kingdom.

Two men were arrested by Saraphi Police for breaching the curfew outside of a 7-Eleven opposite Saraphi Hospital. Another was arrested by Mae Jo Police on Chiang Mai – Phrao Road (Highway 1001) at 11:30 p.m. – he was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Nine people were arrested in Mueang, four in Chang Phueak, one in San Pa Tong and three in Fang.

The Bangkok Insight reports that Kingdom wide there were 42 arrested for breaching the curfew, Chiang Mai accounting for half of all arrests made.

The curfew, which came into place Friday, April 3 prohibits anyone from being outside between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. with some exceptions.

Exceptions to the curfew include medical and banking personnel; logistics workers handling consumer goods, agricultural produce, pharmaceutical products, medical supplies and equipment, newspapers, fuel, post, products bound for export and imported goods. The travel of people to quarantine venues is also allowed.

Exemptions also apply to employees working night shifts, individuals heading to or from airports with necessary documents stating their purpose, officials carrying out official orders and those who have received prior permission from officials to leave for emergencies.

Photo: Saraphi Police