Local newswires, including CNN Indonesia and Tempo are publishing reports that the Ministry of Home Affairs is re-enforcing health protocols and booster vaccinations of Covid-19 in the extension of the implementation of restrictions on community activities (PPKM) in all regions in Indonesia.
“Re-enforcing the implementation of health protocols in the community to maximize the use of the PeduliLindungi application, and no less important is to continue to encourage booster vaccinations,” said Director General of Regional Administration of the Ministry of Home Affairs Safrizal when contacted in Jakarta, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, say Tempo.
The cases of Covid-19 have recently increased, especially in Java and Bali. in early November, there were 5,000-cases. Safrizal said that starting from that, the government still issued a policy to extend the implementation of PPKM Level 1 throughout Indonesia.
The extension of the PPKM is declared in the Instruction of the Minister of Home Affairs (Inmendagri) Number 47 of 2022 for PPKM of Java and Bali which will be valid from November 8 to November 21, 2022.
Furthermore, Instruction Number 48 of 2022 for PPKM outside Java and Bali is applied from 8 to 5 December 2022.
Safrizal explained that the government still had to decide to extend the PPKM to curb the rate of increase in Covid-19. “Today we state that the PPKM will still be extended to suppress the rate of increase in Covid-19,” said Safrizal.
The Omicron XBB sub-variant is said to be one of the causes of the increase in the number of Covid cases in Indonesia, but some experts say that the spreading of the Omicron XBB sub-variant in Indonesia is still relatively low, explain Tempo.
He expresses suspicions that the increase in cases of Covid-19 is due to the lack of public awareness of the implementation of health protocols in the community. “We request all local governments not to be careless and continue to be alert to the threat in the increasing covid cases,” said Safrizal.
According to Safrizal, the appeal is in line with what was conveyed by the Ministry of Health that the application of discipline in health protocols and third dose/ booster vaccination can become powerful weapons for the community to protect themselves from the threat of the Omicron XBB sub-variant.
According to CNN Indonesia, these are the rules for community activities during PPKM Level 1 in Java-Bali and outside Java-Bali.
1. Work From Office (WFO)
The government stipulates rules that PPKM Level 1 regional offices or non-essential sector activities in Java-Bali and outside Java-Bali can operate 100-percent, and companies are required to use the PeduliLindung application at the entrance and exit of the workplace.
2. Face-to-Face Learning (PTM)
The implementation of learning in education units can be done through limited PTM or distance learning based on a Joint Decree of the Minister of Education and Culture, Research and Technology, Minister of Religion, Minister of Health and Minister of Home Affairs.
Namely Number 01/KB/2022, Number 408 of 2022, Number HK.01.08/MENKES/1140/2022, Number 420-1026 of 2022 concerning Guidelines for the Implementation of Learning during the Pandemic Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19).
As well as the Circular Letter of the Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Number 7 of 2022 concerning Discretion in the Implementation of the Joint Decree of the Four Ministers concerning Guidelines for the Implementation of Learning in the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Pandemic Period.
3. Places of Worship
Places of worship such as mosques, prayer rooms, churches, temples, temples, and pagodas as well as other places that function as places of worship in PPKM Level 1 areas in Indonesia can hold worship or religious activities in congregation with 100-percent capacity.
Residents are asked to continue to apply health protocols more strictly by paying attention to technical provisions from the Ministry of Religion.
4. Activities at Malls and People’s Markets
Activities at shopping centers, malls or trade centers in PPKM areas throughout Indonesia are allowed to operate 100-percent until 22.00 local time using the PeduliLindung application or the application of more stringent health protocols whose regulations are further regulated by Local government.
Even the people’s market that sells non-daily necessities in the PPKM Level 1 area can operate 100-percent until 22.00 local time.
5. Restaurants and Cafes
During PPKM level 1, restaurants or restaurants and cafes with small, medium or large scale, both in separate locations and located in shopping centers or malls, can serve meals onsite with limited operating hours until 22.00 local time with 100-percent visitor capacity.
Meanwhile, restaurants or restaurants and cafes with operating hours starting at night or at 18.00 local time can operate up to a maximum of 02.00 local time with a maximum capacity of 100-percent.
Cinemas in PPKM level 1 areas in Indonesia can operate with a maximum capacity of 100-percent and only visitors with the Green category in the PeduliLindung application may enter unless they cannot be vaccinated for health reasons.
In addition, children aged 6 to 12-years must be accompanied by parents and show proof of vaccination at least the first dose.
7. Public Areas and Parks
The government also stipulates that public facilities such as public areas, public parks, public tourist attractions and other public areas in the Level 1 PPKM area may be opened with a maximum capacity of 100-percent.
8. Art Activities in Public Facilities
Art, cultural, sports and social activities (locations of arts, culture, sports facilities and social activities that can cause crowds and crowds) in Level 1 areas can be opened with a maximum capacity of 100-percent.
All activities are requested to continue to use the PeduliLindung application or to apply more stringent health protocols, which will be further regulated by the Regional Government.
9. Gyms or Fitness Places
The government has also tightened activities at fitness centers or gyms with PPKM Level 1, currently allowed to open with a maximum capacity of 100-percent while still implementing the Covid-19 health protocol.
Receptions during PPKM Level 1 Java-Bali area can be carried out with a maximum room capacity of 100-percent. Meanwhile outside Java-Bali, receptions are only allowed with a maximum capacity of 75-percent and no food is served on site.
11. Public Transportation
Public transportation which includes public transportation, mass transportation, taxis both conventional and online, as well as rental vehicles is enforced with a maximum capacity setting of 100-percent by implementing stricter health protocols whose rules are set by local governments.
The implementation of meetings, seminars and offline meetings or meetings in public places that can cause crowds and crowds is permitted to be opened with a maximum capacity limitation of 100-percent by using the PeduliLindung application.
Or the implementation of a more stringent health protocol whose regulation is further regulated by the local government. This rule is only contained in the Inmendagri PPKM outside Java-Bali.
Sources: CNN Indonesia, Tempo