The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has urged residents to comply with the government’s mask-wearing protocol, saying that although they may be uncomfortable, masks are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We have to admit that wearing a mask is uncomfortable. But it is much less uncomfortable than being exposed to COVID-19,” Anies said at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Thursday, as quoted by tempo.co.
Anies called on influential figures to convince people to wear masks in public, saying the campaign needed more support.
On Monday, Jakarta will reinstate full large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and end the period of eased restrictions, following persistent increases in COVID-19 cases and a positivity rate – the percentage of those tested found to be infected – above 10 percent.
Violations of the mask-wearing protocol have been rampant in Jakarta. More than 139,000 people have been sanctioned by the Jakarta Public Order Agency, which has collected Rp 2.1 billion (US$141,728) in fines.
The Jakarta administration symbolically handed out five million masks to be distributed to residents during a campaign event on Thursday. The event was attended by executives from several central government institutions.
With the help of the National Police and the Indonesian Military, 34.3 million masks will be distributed to the public via local administrations throughout Indonesia. (syk)