President Joko Widodo and DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan Tried MRT from Hotel Indonesia to Lebak Bulus (06/11) - Photo by President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Governor of DKI Jakarta, Anies Baswedan decided to extend the implemented the large-scale social distancing and declared June as transition period for the capital city. The second limited “lockdown” period was ended today.

“We decided the large-scale social restriction extended and June as a transition period. Easing will be done in stages,” he told reporters today by adding stand alone restaurants can be opened starting tomorrow.

“Industry, warehousing, and independent offices will begin opening this Monday. Malls and non-food markets can only start Monday (6/15). “The indoor recreation park starts on June 21, sports activities start tomorrow, and public transport with normal amounts but only 50% capacity,” he explained.

The regional government has proposes the territorial quarantine follows the increasing number positive cases of COVID-19 since April 1 and get approval from the minister of health, Terawan Agus Putranto, on April 7 through a ministerial decree Number 9 of 2020.

Based on Government Regulation Number 21 of 2020 concerning Large-Scale Social Restrictions in the Context of Handling Coronavirus Disease 2019, it stated that large-scale social distancing is limiting certain activities of residents in an area suspected of being infected with the COVID-19 in such a way as to prevent the possibility of spreading the disease.

“The legal basis is Law Number 6 of 2018 on Health Quarantine. The government has also issued a president decree on the large-scale social distancing and on the establishment of a public health emergency to carry out the mandate of the Act,” said President Joko Widodo in early April.

In his report to vice president last March, Baswedan reported has conducting the large-scale social distancing since March 16, by closed the schools, tourist areas, car free day, and limited the transportation movements. Even though, the victims still high and needs more action to prevent the impact.

To help the marginal society, on March 31, President Widodo has announced the stimulus packages worth of Rp405.1 trillion (US$28.73 billion) to curb the domestic economy, around Rp150 trillion for social safety net. Social minister, Julian Batubara added, the government has decided to gives special social assistance for Jakarta.

Inline with this policy, the government is also preparing a social protection program and economic stimulus for micro, small and medium enterprises, business people and informal workers, he adds.

In implementing the policy, the President asked the task force and his ministers prepared a guidelines for provinces, districts and cities. He also reminded  that the policy of health quarantine including regional quarantine is the authority of the central government, not the authority of regional governments.

“I hope all ministers ensure that the central-regional governments must have the same vision, have the same policy, everything must be calculated, both from the health impacts and the socio-economic impacts that exist,” he asserted.

In the limited meeting today on the COVID-19 issues, the head of state wanted his officials to emphasize one data so the government could make right decisions. He also asked the task force, the military and police to make special attention on 34 provinces because the numbers of case are still high.

“For the specimen test has exceeded 10,000 and then we are targeting 20,000 per day. I also want tracking done faster and better monitored with technology not the old way,” he told the officials today.

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