Mask-wearing campaign ramped up

The government is set to step up its public campaign to encourage mask-wearing in the next few weeks as Covid-19 cases in the country continue to rise.

“[President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo] has asked us to educate the public on health protocols. We [will] start with the essential, which is mask-wearing,” said, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy in a statement on Tuesday.

Muhadjir said the government would establish a programme, spearheaded by the coordinating minister’s office, to intensify the campaign to wear a face mask in public places, including appointing a mask-wearing “ambassador”.

The government also plans to issue public service commercials in print and online publications, social media and billboards.

“The main targets of this campaign are people who have activities in traditional and modern markets, public facilities, houses of worship, public open spaces, those who co-live such as in orphanages and those who have activities on the streets and so on,” he said.

The coordinating minister also ordered the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry and the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry to procure a large number of face masks from micro and ultra-micro industries to fulfill the public need while supporting small businesses. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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