Senior economic minister, Airlangga Hartarto announced Indonesian government extending the community activity restrictions for another two weeks starting Jan. 26 to Feb. 8, 2021 - Photo by President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian government extending the community activity restrictions for another two weeks starting Jan. 26 to Feb. 8, 2021, said the senior economic minister. The decision was taken after the number of positive cases of the COVID-19 pandemic was still high.

The minister, Airlangga Hartarto, reported based on the task force monitoring on the first community restriction, there are 29 districts and cities that are still at high risk level, 41 districts or cities with moderate risk, and three districts and cities with low risk. The new policy has been in effective in seven provinces, like Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, and Bali with 73 regencies and cities.

Earlier he announced, the government extended the ban entry for foreigners until Jan. 28, 2021, in a bid to control the transmission of the COVID-19. The chairman of the committee for handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery Program also said to support the policies all governors had issued the implementations regulations in their provinces.

At the same day, Jakarta governor, Anies Baswedan, again imposed tight large-scale social restrictions the capital city from Jan. 11 to 25, by implementing strict health protocols. The regulation is contained in the decree Number 19 of 2021 concerning Enforcement, Duration and Limitation of Large-Scale Social Restrictions on Activities.

The provincial government regulated, a number of activities are limited in the workplace or offices, teaching and learning activities, restaurant activities, shopping centers or malls, and worship activities. However, there are still essential sectors that are allowed to operate 100 percent during the restriction with limited operating hours.

To cover the higher positive cases and death toll in the country, minister of health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, has communicated with all the hospitals and management to raises the bed numbers from 15,000 to 30,000 within a month. He also reclassified several rules to add health workers and doctors, also additional drugs and facilities.

In August 2020, Indonesia announced will remain closed for foreign tourists throughout 2020 after the positive cases number growing faster around the globe. One of favorite place for tourist, Bali, also aborted to reopen the island for the arrivals since Sept. 11.

On March of 2020, the country ban the travelers from Iran, Italy, and South Korea after World Health of Organization reported there are a significant increase COVID-19 spread at the three countries. According to foreign minister, Retno Marsudi, travelers entry and transit to Indonesia need a health certificate.

The government warned in April that the pandemic could wipe out more than US$10 billion in Indonesia’ tourism revenues in this year. The number of arrivals to Indonesia experienced a drastic decline by 88.95 percent compared to the number of visits in September 2019, statistic bureau reported today.

Cumulatively, the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia reached 3.56 million visits or decreased by 70.57 percent when compared to the number of foreign tourists visiting in the same period in 2019 which totaled 12.10 million visits.

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