Should you wear a mask in your own car? Jakartans question rule

Photo: Video screengrab from Instagram/@evani_jesslyn
Photo: Video screengrab from Instagram/@evani_jesslyn

Just what is the point of wearing a mask in your own car, especially if you’re driving alone? That is a rule that has come under criticism in Jakarta as the capital restored strict restrictions this week.

Mask-wearing inside one’s own car became a hotly discussed topic after celebrated barista Evani Jesslyn posted a viral video questioning the rule. In the video, she said she was driving to work on her own when she was stopped by officers for pulling down her mask momentarily as she felt out of breath.

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Halo semua… Saya nggak nyangka postingan story saya yang tadi pagi viral. Untuk teman-teman, saya disini posting dengan niat menaikan awareness tentang PSBB ini. Jika teman-teman tidak ada kebutuhan untuk keluar rumah, sebaiknya diam di rumah dan jalankan protokol kesehatan yang baik. Kejadian sebenarnya adalah saya sedang di jalan menuju kantor @firstcrck karena ada janjian meeting dan mau melakukan kerjaan seperti hari biasanya. Nah, memang lg apes td, pas lg nyetir sambil mikir bahan meeting kan, saya narik masker dikit krn agak pengap gitu, terus tiba2 disuruh mlipir sama petugas. Sampe bingung lho, saya salah apa. Terus disuruh ke posko. Pas di posko, banyak yg ketangkep dan pada complain juga karena ada yg kena abis minum terus ketangkep. Mohon untuk berhati-hati, menjaga jarak dan selalu menggunakan masker. Misalkan kalian naik motor/mobil, walaupun sendirian, tolong maskernya dipakai menutupi hidung ya. Untuk pihak @dkijakarta dan aparat yg menjalankan tugas mohon pertimbangan saat menarik orang-orang saat razia. Tadi saya sendiri menyetir di dalam ruangan yang tertutup dan aman malah disuruh keluar dari mobil, kenapa malah menggiring saya kedalam situasi yang tidak aman karena saya disuruh berkumpul di satu tempat bersama puluhan orang lain nya yang terjaring razia karena bernapas, makan atau minum di dalam kendaraan pribadi. Dan apabila kami diwajibkan menaati peraturan, saya berharap agar para petugas juga menggunakan masker secara benar (saya justru baru ngeh ada yg pakai masker di bawah hidung krn banyak yg dm), dan juga peraturan jaga jarak nya juga harus dijalankan. Semoga ini menjadi pelajaran bagi saya dan teman-teman. Stay safe ya semua! Stay healthy! cc: @aniesbaswedan @jokowi @jsclounge @bnpb_indonesia @dinkesdki @willsarana @tinatoon101 #ngobrolkopievani #psbbjakarta #psbb #staysafe #wearmask #psa #jagajakarta #hadapibersama

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What frustrated Evani was how she was made to leave the relatively safe confines of her car and ordered to follow the officers to a sanctioning station, where there was a crowd of people waiting to receive their punishments for other face mask violations. Evani noted that some of the officers wore their masks below their nose.

She eventually paid a IDR55K (US$3.40) fine for her violation.

Wearing a mask in the car is mandated in the Gubernatorial Regulation (Pergub) for the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) that was restored on Sep. 14 following months of relaxed restrictions. However, the regulation does not specify whether or not the rule applies to lone drivers.

Many online have taken the side of Evani in questioning the rule, pointing out that health experts don’t believe it’s necessary.

https://twitter.com/rayestu/status/1306233049667891200?s=20

Enforcing rules on crowded offices is more difficult. Might as well catch people without masks in their own cars, so it looks like [officials are] working.

Some reasoned that perhaps the rule is necessary in Jakarta where it’s impossible to differentiate between regular cars and ride-sharing cars by license plate alone.

Teguh P Nugroho, who heads the Ombudsman office in Jakarta, said the rule could potentially take the focus away from higher-risk transmission sources.

“It’s just a waste of time and effort. There are sources with far more potential for transmission,” he said.

“There is practically no likelihood for interaction with strangers inside one’s own car.”

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