National Police Chief Gen. Idham Azis revoked the notice which banned mass gathering activities. However, activities that involve many people must still carry out health protocols.
The revocation of the notice was stated in the telegram dated June 25, 2020. The telegram contained instructions to the police regarding the withdrawal of the notice from the Police Chief and efforts to support the New Normal policy.
There are five points in the telegram. The first outlines monitoring and disciplining the community in implementing health protocols. Second: instructions to enhance cross-sectoral cooperation to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The third point covers continuous education and outreach to the community.
Fourth: intensive coordination must be carried out with the Covid-19 Task Force in each region. The last point instructs regions that are still implementing large scale social restrictions (PSBB) or in the red and orange zones, to continue to restrict community activities.
National Police Chief Inspector General Inspector Argo Yuwono said that the revocation of the notice was intended to support government policy in the implementation of the New Normal.
The annulment of the mass gathering notice can be interpreted as social community activities where crowds form can be held. However, the activity will still be monitored in order to implement proper health protocols. “Yes, keep your distance, wear a mask and wash your hands” he explained.
Previously, the Indonesian Police Chief’s announcement dated March 21 prohibited all community activities. Starting with social and cultural activities, crowd dispersals have been carried out by the National Police in various locations across Indonesia to date.