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“60 percent of the offenders that we caught are those who do not wear masks or practice social distancing. The former is often seen among motorists,” said Surabaya Public Order Agency [Satpol PP] head Eddy Christianto.
“We can also confiscate the offender’s ID card for two weeks. They must collect the card themselves after that time and sign a statement to obey health protocols.”
Eddy added that the Satpol PP have confiscated 40 ID cards since the guidelines has come into force this week.
Creative forms of punishment
The Satpol PP also has other deterrents in store. “Offenders without IDs are made to dance or do push-ups, before they are given a mask and reminded to keep it on,” said Eddy.
“Physical activities like dancing can bolster their immune system, making it harder for them to catch the [corona]virus.”
The mayor’s guidelines are still in the trial phase. They go into full effect next week. East Java is currently the Indonesian province hardest hit by Covid-19, recording 315 new cases over the past 24 hours.
(Writers: Dian Erika Nugraheny, Ghinan Salman/ Editors: Dheri Agriesta, Fabian Januarius Kuwado)
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