Large-scale social restrictions (known in Indonesia as PSBB) came into effect today in the city of Bandung, West Java. The measures, which are similar to those already in place in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok and Bekasi, are an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in these areas, deemed to be most at risk of virus transmission. The new protocols will remain in place until 5th May 2020.
The restrictions, which were confirmed by a Governor Decree and initially reported by CNN Indonesia, stipulate that all activities relating to learning, working and worship must be carried out at home, in order to stop large gatherings and curb the spread of the virus. Similar to regulations already in place for Jakarta, Bandung will continue to permit activities related to health services, government operations and any essential services involved in meeting the basic needs of the community.
Specifically, any businesses engaged in the health sector or food, energy, communication and information technology, along with finance, logistics, hospitalities, construction, strategic industries, basic services of public and industrial utilities have been designated as essential services and will continue to operate during PSBB. There are no specific restrictions for transport, other than recommendations for limiting passenger numbers and maintaining health and safety through regular disinfecting of vehicles. Drivers are asked to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary.
The Bandung City Government has set up 19 inspection points to ensure the discipline of citizens during the PSBB period. The checkpoints are at Bandung Station, Husein Sastranegara Airport, Leuwi Panjang Terminal, Cicaheum Terminal, Asia Afrika Street, Ir H Djuanda Street, Merdeka Street, Diponegoro Street, Braga Street and Purnawarman Street. Elsewhere, in a second concentric ring of checkpoints, inspections will be carried out at Buahbatu Toll Gate, Moch Toll Gate. Toha, Kopo Toll Gate, Pasirkoja Toll Gate and Pasteur Toll Gate. A third ring covers the city’s border area, with four checkpoints in Setiabudhi, Cibeureum, Cibiru Roundabouts and Derwati Bridges, respectively.
A total of 10 districts in West Java have now opted to implement the PSBB in response to COVID-19, making the province Indonesia’s most regulated area. As of yesterday, there were 756 confirmed cases of the virus in West Java.
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