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How Indonesia’s mandatory mask-wearing during this pandemic can inspire better public policymaking in crises

Muhamad Rosyid Jazuli, Ahmad Khoirul Umam
Published 24 June 2020

Abstract

If you take the time to stroll around kampong roads in Indonesia, or at least in Java, in this pandemic period, there is an interesting phenomenon. There are many motorcycle riders who wear masks passing by, but not putting on helmets. Due to the spread of COVID-19, most local governments in Indonesia require people to wear masks when outdoors. It includes alfresco biking. The existing law, though, stipulates that those bike riders must wear helmets. Even though both rules apply sanctions if breached, it is rather strange to see how the obligation of wearing masks based solely on local government regulations can be more adhered to than the mandatory by-law use of a helmet. This phenomenon could reflect essential lessons for effective further Indonesia’s public policymaking.

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