Jakarta to impose progressive fines for not wearing masks in public

THE JAKARTA POST/ANN – The Jakarta administration will start enforcing progressive fines for residents who do not wear a face mask in public as the capital struggles to curb COVID-19 transmissions.

The newly issued Gubernatorial Regulation No 79/2020 states that violators will be fined IDR250,000 (USD16.92) or required to participate in 60 minutes of community service.

The fine will be increased to IDR500,000 or 120 minutes of community service for those who are caught violating the regulation a second time.

Third-time offenders will be fined IDR750,000 or participate in 180 minutes of community service, while the fourth and subsequent violations will result in a IDR1 million fine or 240 minutes of community service.

The city’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) has been tasked to enforce the regulation, with possible assistance from the National Police and Indonesian Military (TNI).

“Satpol PP personnel will record the names, addresses and identification numbers of violators in a database or information system,” the regulation states.

The regulation was issued amid rising COVID-19 cases the capital. The national epicentre of the outbreak, Jakarta recorded 657 new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 32,267, according to the central government’s official tally.

Despite the increase, many Jakartans are still ignoring health protocols. According to Satpol PP data, the city has collected IDR1.7 billion in fines from 11,680 violators as of Thursday, based on a previous regulation that fines people IDR250,000 for not wearing a face mask in public.