JAKARTA (BPN) – President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that the government is preparing the possibility of giving sanctions for people who violate health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“I just ordered for sanctions, because what we are facing right now is health protocols are not carried out in a disciplined manner,” the President said to journalists at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Monday.
President Jokowi said that the health protocol that is often violated is not using face masks. The president said that in a province surveyed, only 30 percent of the people wore masks.
Later, this became one of the factors triggering an increase in the number of people confirmed from COVID-19.
“In a province, we surveyed only 30 percent, of which 70 percent did not wear masks. How is the positivity rate not high? ” he said.
The sanctions, Jokowi continued, could be in the form of fines, social work, or charged with the Criminal Code on minor offenses, also known as tipiring.
The sanctions will hopefully make the public more compliant with health protocols.