The government is limiting community activities by implementing Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) regulations to suppress the transmission of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in all parts of Java and Bali. This Java-Bali PSBB shall be in place from January 11th to January 25th 2021.

This decision is in accordance with Government Regulation (PP) Number 21 of 2020 concerning Large-Scale Social Restrictions in the Context of Accelerating the Handling of Covid-19.

“The implementation of limited restrictions is being carried out by provinces in Java and Bali because all of these provinces meet one of the four established parameters,” said Chairman of the Committee for Handling Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPC-PEN) Airlangga Hartarto.

“Therefore, the government has established criteria related to restrictions on community activities. We emphasize that this limitation is not a prohibition of activities, but restrictions,” said Airlangga.

In implementing this policy, Airlangga said that the government reviewed data on developments in the handling of Covid-19, such as the risk zone for coronavirus transmission and the ratio of the occupancy of isolation beds in ICU’s. In addition, the government also noted active cases of Covid-19, which currently have reached 14.2%.

According to Airlangga, social restrictions in provinces, districts, or cities must meet the parameters related to management of Covid-19.

These parameters include reducing death rates currently above the national average mortality rate of 3% as well as the improving the recovery rate currently below the national level of 82%.

Restrictions on community activities include limiting workplaces to a 75% work from home (WFH) policy, learning to take place online, shopping center operating hours, to operating hours for modes of transportation.

Previously, President Joko Widodo talked about anticipating a regional quarantine or lockdown after Indonesia had more than 110,000 active cases of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Jokowi said a number of countries had pursued this policy. He asked that ministers work hard to deal with the pandemic so that Indonesia is not forced to follow the same path.

Author: HL

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