Jakarta Applies More Stringent PSBB for Two Weeks

The Governor of DKI Jakarta decided to implement stricter large-scale social restrictions (Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar – “PSBB”) in Jakarta for the next two weeks, effective as of January 11 to January 25, 2020. This policy is based on the Governor of DKI Jakarta Decree No. 19 of 2021 dated January 7, 2021 on the Entry into Force, Period and Outdoor Activities Limitation of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (the “Decree”). The Decree stipulates that for any outdoor activities, Jakarta residents must adhere to health protocols as governed under Governor of DKI Jakarta Regulation No. 3 of 2021 dated January 7, 2021 on Implementing Regulation of Regional Regulation No. 2 of 2020 on the Prevention of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (the “Regulation”).

The Governor of DKI Jakarta applies this stringent PSBB due to the significantly increasing number of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (“Covid-19”) cases in Indonesia. On January 10, 2021, Indonesia recorded 9,640 new Covid-19 cases, 2,711 of which cases were recorded in Jakarta alone.

The Decree and the Regulation require Jakarta residents to comply with the following provisions:

  • Activities at Workplaces

Private offices and state-owned enterprises are required to limit “work from office” policy to 25% (twenty five percent) from the full capacity of the workplace. If any employee is confirmed Covid-19 positive, the workplace shall be closed for at least 3×24 (three times twenty-four) hours and must be thoroughly disinfected.

  • Activities of Essential Sectors

Any activities in the sector of energy, communication and IT, finance, logistics, hotels, industrial, basic necessities, public utilities, and national vital objects are allowed to fully operate while also following the health protocols. Places to fulfill the public needs, such as traditional markets, convenience stores, grocery shops, minimarkets, supermarkets, and hypermarkets are also permitted to fully operate.

  • Construction Activities

The Decree allows construction activities to fully operate while also following the health protocols. This includes providing hand sanitizer and checking the workers’ body temperature before they enter the construction place.

  • Educational Activities

All educational activities must be conducted online.

  • Restaurants Activities

Restaurants and cafes may open for dine-in for only up to 25% (twenty five percent) from the full capacity. Dine-in service is permissible only until 7:00 p.m. (Jakarta time).

  • Activities at Shopping Malls

Shopping centers or malls may only operate until 7:00 p.m. (Jakarta time). The standard health protocols must be applied during the operational hours, including providing hand sanitizer and the verification of visitors’ body temperature before they enter the building.

  • Religious Activities at Places of Worship

For any religious activities carried out in places of worship, the maximum attendance shall be 50% (fifty percent) from the full capacity.

  • Activities at Health Facilities

Any activities at healthcare providers may be carried out at 100% (hundred percent) capacity while following the health protocols.

  • Activities at Public Places and Other Places which may Lead to Crowds

Any activities held at public places and other places which may lead to crowds must have relevant permits and the capacity shall be limited to 50% (fifty percent) of the full capacity.

  • People Movement Using Public and/or Private Transportations

For mass public transportations, taxis, and rented vehicles, the maximum capacity would be 50% (fifty percent) of the full capacity of such vehicles. Meanwhile, for motorcycle taxis (ojek), the Decree allows a full capacity.

Although the Decree and the Regulation are only applicable in Jakarta, it is expected that other regions will also apply more stringent PSBB policies. The Minister of Home Affairs (“MOHA”) issued the MOHA Instruction No. 1 of 2021 dated January 6, 2021 on the Entry Into Force of Activities Limitation to Manage the Spread of Covid-19 to order Governors and Mayors/Regents of specific cities/regencies in Jawa and Bali to apply stricter PSBB policies.

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January 11, 2021

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