In response to the growing number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Jakarta, the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government has decided to officially implement large-scale social restriction measures. Indonesia’s capital will restrict certain activities within the city, in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions will come into effect from Friday, 10th April and will last until 22nd May.
Known locally as PSBB, the emergency measures include the closure of schools and other educational institutions, offices and places of worship. Public gatherings will also be curbed by the new measures, while social distancing – until now the prerogative of the individual – will be enforced by security forces in areas considered most at risk of transmission.
Some offices or strategic institutions will be exempt from the order, such as those that provide services related to defence and security, public order, food needs, fuel and gas, health services, economy, finance, communications, industry, exports and imports, distribution, logistics, and other basic needs.
In addition, supermarkets, minimarkets, markets, shops or places for the sale of food needs and medicines, fuel oil, gas, and energy will remain open. Hotels, accommodation, homestays and motels that accommodate tourists and people affected by COVID-19 – such as medical staff and emergency rescue teams for air and sea – will also be allowed to continue operating.
According to the declaration: “large-scale social restrictions are restrictions on certain activities of residents in an area suspected of being infected with Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in such a way as to prevent the possibility of spreading Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-I9).”
The above is taken from Article 1 Permenkes No. 9 Year 2020 on the PSBB Guidelines, as quoted by AFP on Tuesday (04/07/2020).
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Note: This article was updated on 23rd April to include an extension to the dates of Jakarta’s PSBB restrictions.