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Compulsory face masks in private vehicles sows confusion

  • Nina Loasana

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:00 am
No slacking: Officers of a joint security task force hand a face mask to a pedestrian at the Slipi-Petamburan intersection in West Jakarta on Thursday as part of the campaign to contain the spread of COVID-19.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Members of the public across the country have been left puzzled by health protocol regulations issued by the authorities, especially regarding the use of face masks in private vehicles. A video showing a woman complaining about being punished by authorities for not wearing a face mask properly inside her car recently went viral on social media. She claimed she was stopped by the police for pulling down her mask for a few seconds to breathe while driving. She criticized the punishment imposed by the officials, who required her to wait in line with other violators before eventually undergoing a quick trial to determine her punishment. “They don’t maintain physical distance. It’s really not right because I’m healthy and going along in my car. Now they have stopped me and asked me to wait next to strangers whose [health] conditions I don’t know about,&r...