In an effort to overcome the shortage of rooms in hospitals for the isolation of confirmed cases of Covid-19, the government together with the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) has prepared 13,334 hotel rooms.

The Indonesian Covid-19 Task Force website states that the rooms are spread across 120 hotels in nine provinces. Greater Jakarta, East Java, and Papua are the three regions with the largest occupancy capacity of isolation hotels.

In Greater Jakarta, there are 4,333 beds available spread across 33 hotels in the region. Central Jakarta has 14 hotels available, South Jakarta: 5 hotels, East Jakarta: 3 hotels, West Jakarta: 5 hotels and North Jakarta 6 hotels. Numbers of hotel rooms available for isolation are an increase compared to September where 3,700 rooms were available spread across 27 hotels.

The Greater Jakarta Provincial Government has also confirmed minimum requirements for hotels, guesthouses, and inns as independent isolation locations including the availability of a private bathroom, no carpets or rugs, good air circulation, laundry facilities, and others.

In East Java, 2,160 beds are available at 16 hotels for independent isolation, while Papua has 1,797 beds at 20 hotels. Bali follows with 1,547 beds available at 12 hotels, West Java with 1,169 beds at 12 hotels, and South Sulawesi with 1,156 beds at 8 hotels.

Meanwhile, the three provinces with the lowest room capacity were South Kalimantan with 815 beds in 11 hotels, North Sumatra with 184 beds in 6 hotels, and Central Java with 173 beds in 2 hotels.

The Covid-19 Task Force (#SatgasCovid-19) has increased numbers of hotel rooms for self-isolation since September. Deputy Chairperson of the Covid-19 Committee and National Economic Recovery Luhut Binsar Panjaitan and Chair of the Covid-19 Task Force Doni Monardo have formed a collaboration with PHRI to identify 2 and 3 star hotels in nine priority provinces to handle Covid-19 cases.

“The numbers of hotel rooms are adequate to support independent isolation and this is due to the cooperation of the central government with PHRI and local governments, so that people who require independent isolation can be handled properly in these facilities,” said the Government Spokesperson for Handling Covid-19 Wiku Adisasmito.

Author: HL

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