Authorities in Indonesia have come up with a creative way to punish anti-maskers and it's solicited some strong responses online...
With regulations surrounding face masks being enforced around the globe...
via: Getty ImagesThere are still some people refusing to wear one.
Here in the US, in some states, it has become mandatory to wear a face mask on certain occasions.
via: Getty ImagesFor example, in some retail stores, like Costco, customers are required to wear one.
They'll always be people who refuse to follow the rules...
via: Getty ImagesEspecially since face masks can be hard to police as it is.
But, over in Indonesia, officials are enforcing some pretty tough punishments on those caught not wearing masks.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's solicited quite a strong response online.
In December 2019, we first caught wind of the name COVID-19.
via: GettyThe virus, which originated in China, was quick to spread across the globe, bringing most countries to a total standstill.
The speed of infection was terrifying.
Global coronavirus death toll 'could triple by Christmas' as cases surge around the world https://t.co/sBnNqa9mGW— i newspaper (@i newspaper)1599375600.0
So, of course, it is of the utmost importance that we abide by the lockdown rules in place...
Marge represents my two moods during this never ending lockdown https://t.co/TDueDsaAwA— Jaye (@Jaye)1599480467.0
And, even more importantly...
via: GettyA vaccine needs to be found, and fast.
For the last couple of months, scientists have been working tirelessly to find a cure for the deadly virus...
via: GettyBut, so far, their efforts have been to no avail.
Of course, healthcare workers are continuing to work harder than ever to save lives...
via: GettyAnd that’s not just here in America… it’s happening all around the world where infection rates continue to climb.
But, over in Indonesia, authorities have taken the matter into their own hands...
via: Getty ImagesGresik regency, in East Java, found a creative way to punish locals caught not wearing a mask.
They are hoping the punishment would act as a deterrent for violating the rules.
via: Getty ImagesThe number of coronavirus cases has been continuing to rise in the area, prompting the village to ramp up measures.
Those caught without a mask were forced to help dig graves for coronavirus victims.
via: Getty ImagesThere's currently a shortage of gravediggers, so authorities saw this as a perfect opportunity to get the rule-breakers to step in.
The people were assigned to dig the graves in groups of 2, but were not forced to participate in the following funeral services.
via: Getty Images"There are only 3 available grave diggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work for them," Cerme District Head Suyono told Tribun News.
via: Getty Images"Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect against violations."
Cerme Police Chief Adj. Pol. Comm. Moh. Nur Amin said the police would cooperate with the military to enforce the measures.
Anti-maskers forced to dig graves for covid-19 victims in Indonesia https://t.co/69nmvzYhbk https://t.co/4GjTRThIVO— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo)1600083144.0
Since the news emerged, reactions came pouring in.And many people think that the punishment is completely justified.
@Newsweek This is justice.— Ken McCafferty (@Ken McCafferty)1600093140.0
Some raised this point.
@MailOnline That’s better than a fine 💵— beat_boutique (@beat_boutique)1600080691.0
@blogpreston @FyldePolice @Worthington_PNE @Nobber1985 They don't mess about there ! https://t.co/Qw6ER7rnva— NORBET (@NORBET)1600087492.0