TASIK – Tasikmalaya City Government will fine anyone who does not wear a mask when leaving the house during the coronavirus pandemic as of August 1, 2020. The violators will be fined IDR 50.000 (USD 3,26).
Mayor of Tasikmalaya, Budi Budiman, explained that the sanction policy had been decided in a meeting of the Covid-19 Response Acceleration Task Force at Bale Kota Meeting Room, Sunday, July 19, 2020. The IDR 50,000 fine is smaller than the fine imposed by the West Java Provincial Government of IDR 100.000 to IDR 150.000.
“We imposed the mandatory rule on this mask on August 1. The sanction is a fine of IDR 50.000,” Budi said after the ceremony at the Office of the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Tasikmalaya City on Monday, July 20, 2020.
Budi revealed, the sanctions were imposed to discipline and save the public from the Covid-19 transmission. Currently, during the adaptation of new habits (the new normal), many people do not wear a mask when going outside the home. In fact, the Covid-19 transmission is high risk if they don’t use a mask. “So don’t see the sanction fine. We do not really expect this penalty and hope that no one will be fined. It’s finished as long as you wear a mask,” he said.
The mayor asks that the application of a fine for the residents who do not wear a mask is not related to the current difficult economic conditions because of Covid-19. Instead, the sanctions are actually to save the economy. “Let the Covid-19 pandemic end quickly. The one way is to implement the health protocols such as using a mask,” he said. “This problem must be solved. So there must be a policy discretion that is indeed unpopular,” he added.
The final goal of the policy of applying the sanction for the citizens who do not wear a mask is that Tasikmalaya City immediately enters the green zone. If the target is achieved then all community activities can return to normal situations. “If it’s normal, the order of life will return to normal too. So, we have to go like this (discipline) so that the economy does not continue as it is today. So the mask is mandatory,” he said. Budi added that the sanctions imposed were only financial penalties without imprisonment. (ujg)