COVID-19: Emergency Implementation of Limitations on Community Activities Imposed in Java and Bali
Following the recent alarming surge of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, the Indonesian Government took an immediate step in suppressing the numbers and attempting to flatten the curve by imposing an emergency Implementation of Limitations on Community Activities (Pelaksanaan Pembatasan Kegiatan Masyarakat or “PPKM”). As at 4 July 2021, the Government reported 27,233 new cases of COVID-19 within the last 24 hours, with DKI Jakarta as the highest contributor of 10,485 cases. Such increase of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is also caused by new variants faced by many other countries as well.
Following President Joko Widodo’s official announcement on 1 July 2021, the Instruction of Minister of Home Affairs No. 15 of 2021 on Corona Virus Disease 2019 Emergency Implementation of Limitations on Community Activities in the Java and Bali Areas (“Instruction 15”) was enacted. Instruction 15 is addressed to the respective Government and Regent/Mayor of the DKI Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, Special Region of Yogyakarta, East Java, and Bali provinces. This means the emergency PPKM is imposed specifically in the Java and Bali region where the confirmed cases increased the most during the last few weeks.
Preceded by micro-based PPKM implemented in all 33 provinces of Indonesia from 22 June – 5 July 2021, the emergency PPKM essentially imposes a more stringent limitation than that of micro-based PPKM with several additional items of limitation. Instruction 15 is effective as of 3 July 2021, and the emergency PPKM is imposed for an 18-day period ending on 20 July 2021.
The table below sets out a comparison of the limitations during the micro-based PPKM and the emergency PPKM:
(3 – 20 July 2021)
|Offices of non-essential sectors||Open with 25% capacity for red zone areas and 50% capacity for non-red zone areas||100% Work From Home|
|Schools and education institutions||Online for red zone areas, and school activities based on technical arrangements from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology by implementing stricter health protocols for non-red zone areas||Online|
|Essential and critical sectors activities||Open with 100% capacity for all essential sectors|
|Markets and shopping centres||Open with 25% capacity with operational ours until 8pm||Closed|
(save for the access for the publics to restaurants, supermarkets and grocery stores selling daily necessities)
|Eating/drinking in public (restaurants, cafes, food & beverages stalls, etc)||Open for dine in with 25% capacity with operational hours until 8pm, take away/delivery services allowed to operate until 8pm or depending on the restaurant’s operational hour. Restaurants providing only take away/delivery services are allowed to operate according to its operational hours||Closed for dine in and open only for take away/delivery services|
|Construction activities||Open with 100% capacity by implementing stricter health protocols||Open with 100% capacity by implementing stricter health protocols|
|Praying houses||Closed for red zone areas and open by implementing stricter health protocols based on technical arrangements from the Ministry of Religious Affairs for non-red zone areas||Closed|
(public areas, parks, tourist destinations, etc)
|Closed for red zone areas and open with 25% capacity for non-red zone areas||Closed|
|Arts, cultural, sports and social activities||Closed for red zones areas and open with 25% capacity for non-red zone areas. Particularly for celebration activities, open with 25% capacity without serving food||Closed|
|Open with more stringent health protocols||Open with 70% capacity|
On top of the above updated restrictions, Instruction 15 regulates additional items imposed with certain limitations, as follows:
(3-20 July 2021)
|Pharmacies||Open for 24 hours.|
|Wedding ceremonies||Allowed for a maximum of 30 guests by implementing a stricter health protocols. Eating and drinking at the wedding venue is prohibited, alternatively the provision of food is allowed if stored in a closed container or to be taken home.|
|Domestic travels||Allowed for vaccinated passengers by showing vaссine сard (at least the first dоse оf vaссinatiоn) and D-2 PCR test result fоr planes as well as D-1 antigen test result fоr оther lоng-distanсe transpоrtatiоn mоdes. These requirements are only required for arrivals and departures from and to Java and Bali. Drivers of logistics services are exempted from the vaccine card requirement.|
|Masks usage||Masks to be used correctly and consistently during activities outside of home. Face shield without mask is not allowed.|
The government’s effort and aim through the imposition of strict enforcement of Emergency PPKM policy will hopefully suppress the spread of COVID-19 in Java and Bali. It is also hoped that the community will adhere to the new policy as a support of the government’s work and to implement the health protocols in disciplined manner.
We will continue to monitor the developments on this policy and how it may potentially affect you and/or your business.
This alert is for general information only and is not a substitute for legal advise.