Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has issued a gubernatorial instruction and decree ordering his subordinates to implement stricter restrictions over the year-end holidays to help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the nation’s capital.
The orders were extra measures deemed necessary to limit public mobility and prevent a spike in new Covid-19 cases after the holiday season.
“Jakarta has seen a surge in confirmed Covid-19 cases, especially in family clusters following long holidays in October and November. We need to take extra measures
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan had also specifically instructed Anies to impose stricter regulations in Jakarta during the year-end holidays, including to ban New Year’s Eve celebration in public places.
“Wedding receptions and other crowd-pulling religious events should also be banned and moved online,” Luhut said on Monday (Dec 14) in a meeting with the governors of Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java and Bali.
Anies said the instruction and decree he signed on Wednesday regulated various aspects, ranging from business and religious activities to public mobility in and out of Jakarta.
“Our main focus in the regulations is limiting social and family activities, especially on Dec. 24 to 27 and from Dec 31 to Jan 2 when people are very likely to go outside. We want them to remain at home
On those specific dates, the aforementioned venues are only allowed to operate until 7 p.m. and must limit their visitor capacity to 50 per cent.
The regulations also ban the gathering of more than five people in public places and requires people travelling to the capital city to bring negative antigen rapid test results.
Anies also asked all state institutions under the Jakarta administration to implement a WFH policy for 50 per cent of its workers and to ban their employees from travelling out-of-town during the holiday season.
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