And in major cities, residents are flocking from neighborhoods crammed with narrow, dark alleyways to open areas — including commuter train tracks — where they can catch some unobstructed rays.
It is a motley mix of women in head-covering hijabs with rolled up sleeves and pants, shirtless male teens and wrinkly pensioners all clamoring for a bit of sunshine as the odd train zips by.
“I’ve just started sunbathing regularly since the pandemic hit,” Alfian, who goes by one name, told AFP near train tracks in Tangerang on the edge of Jakarta.
“Afterwards I take a shower and my body feels fitter.”
Pensioner Wadianto Wadito, who suffers from heart disease and diabetes, figures he can use all the help he can get.
“I’m already taking a lot of medicines anyway, so now I’m sunbathing to get all my vitamins without taking more pills,” the 65-year-old said.
by Safrin Labatu / Agnes ANYA