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July 1, 2020, 10.36 PM

JAKARTA, – The Jakarta Provincial Government has decided to extend its new normal transition period for another two weeks to July 16.

The move was announced by Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan on July 1. The extension of the transitionary period will run from July 3 to July 16.

“Based on a meeting with the Covid-19 Task Force, it was concluded that the new normal transition period is to be extended for an additional 14 days. This means all activities are still running under 50 percent capacity,” said Anies Baswedan.

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The extension was made based on three criteria, namely the epidemiological situation, the health of the society, and public facilities.

Jakarta scored 71 for all three requirements, allowing the capital city to loosen restrictions.

However, Anies made the decision to extend the new normal transition period.

“We will make another evaluation after receiving the latest development,” Anies said.

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The Jakarta Provincial Government first implemented its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on April 10, a month after the first Covid-19 cases were detected in the city on March 3.

Prior to its PSBB implementation, the local government cautioned businesses in the capital to begin practicing work from home schemes and home-based learning for students and teachers.

Jakarta’s PSBB has been twice extended with the latest extension on June 4.

The PSBB extension between June 4 until July 2 is otherwise regarded as Jakarta’s new normal transition period.

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This phase saw the relaxation of measures and increased imposition of Covid-19 health protocols.

Covid-19 in Jakarta

Covid-19 data for July 1 indicates that Jakarta has once again claimed the top spot for the highest number of new infections with 217 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

Indonesia has a national tally of 57,770 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Monday.

The Jakarta Provincial Government has stated that the high numbers of daily Covid-19 cases are the result of more aggressive testing and contact tracing measures.

Jakarta continues to reopen businesses during the new normal transition period including shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions.

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Around 80 Jakarta malls have reopened and agreed to comply with Covid-19 health protocols, however, the visitor capacity has reached below 50 percent.

Jakarta’s notorious traffic is nearing pre-pandemic levels as 96 percent of the city’s private vehicle users have returned to the roads.

The information was shared by Susilo Dewanto, Head of the Jakarta Transportation Agency on June 30. 

(Writer: Nursita Sari | Editor: Nursita Sari) 


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