September 20, 2021, 11.22 PM – Indonesia will extend the Covid-19 restrictions on public activities in Java and Bali until October 4 as the number of confirmed cases, though persists, is declining.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that Java and Bali have no more a very high-risk area of Covid-19 infection. “Currently, no more regency or city is categorized as alert level 4 area,” Luhut said in a televised message on Monday, September 20.

The chief minister also said that some adjustments have been made in Java and Bali areas.

New rules of Covid-19 restrictions in public activities

The government will conduct trial runs for allowing children under 12 years to enter shopping centers or malls in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya, with parents closely monitor their children.

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Movie theaters can resume operations at 50 percent capacity in alert level 3 and level 2 cities. The use of the Covid-19 contact tracing app PeduliLindungi is required, while the implementation of health protocols is strictly applied.

The league 2 football games will be held in alert level 3 and 2 areas with a maximum of eight games weekly.

Restaurants in sports outdoor facilities can operate at 50 percent capacity.

Non-essential businesses located in alert level 3 areas can allow their vaccinated employees to come to the office at 25 percent capacity and make use of the Covid-19 QR Peduli Protect.

Luhut said the government urged the public to remain vigilant and strictly adhere to the health protocols to stem the coronavirus transmission.

Entry restrictions for international travelers

As the partial lockdown has been extended, the government will remain to limit the entry of foreign travelers to Indonesia.

The government tightens the implementation of self-isolation for foreign nationals and Indonesians upon their arrival in the country.

The entry ports for air travelers are in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten province, and in Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi. While sea ports are only in Batam and Tanjung Pinang on Sumatra island. Those who travel by land can enter the country from the Indonesian cities in Kalimantan such as Aruk, Entikong, Nunukan, and Motaain in East Nusa Tenggara.

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The implementation of quarantine will strictly be taken place for eight days along with the Covid-19 PCR test three times.

Luhut said the government will tighten the implementation of quarantine and increase the testing capacity at the entry ports on land. "The Indonesian military (TNI) and the police will increase surveillance on mouse trails,” he said.

He urged the public to remain vigilant to avoid the increasing number of Covid-19 cases. “We should not be complacent with what we have achieved today,” he said, adding that negligence will only extend the partial lockdowns.

(Writer: Nur Rohmi Aida | Editor: Rendika Ferri Kurniawan)



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