FOLLOWING mounting public pressure to impose tougher measures, the government has finally announced the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions to prevent the collapse of the country’s healthcare system amid the recent spike in cases.
The coordinating minister of economy Airlangga Hartarto announced on Monday the tightening of restrictions on micro-scale public activity (PPKM Mikro) after a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
“The tightened restrictions will take effect for two weeks from tomorrow until July 5. This will be formalized in an instruction from the Interior Ministry,” Airlangga said at Monday’s press conference.
Under the new arrangements, offices of government agencies, regional administrations and the private sector in Covid-19 red zones must limit capacity to 25% and allow the remaining employees to work from home.
Offices in non-red zones are allowed to operate at 50% of their capacity.
Schools in red zones are required to cancel classroom learning plans as all educational activities must be done online or remotely.
Likewise, activities in places of worship and other public spaces that could create overcrowding have been banned “until the situation improves,” Airlangga said.
In contrast, shopping centers and restaurants in red zones are allowed to operate at 25% of their capacity and serve orders, including deliveries and take-out orders, until 8 p.m.
Essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies and basic utilities will remain operational under stricter health protocols and revised opening hours.
Airlangga said public transport will also operate with limited capacity and hours of operation.
Since Thursday, health authorities have reported daily record increases in confirmed cases.
The spike was recorded on Monday with 14,546 new cases – the biggest daily increase since the pandemic hit the country last year.
Indonesia also crossed the two million Covid-19 case mark on the same day. – The Jakarta Post / ANN