JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia has extended the Covid-19 restrictions on public activities in Java-Bali by two weeks until November 1 to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.
“Starting tomorrow (Tuesday), 54 regencies/cities are under alert level 2 areas and nine regencies/cities are in alert level 1 areas,” said Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in a televised message on Monday, October 18.
The government has also eased the Covid-19 restrictions on some businesses and activities, including shopping centers in alert level 2 areas, restaurants, children’s playgrounds, schools, cinemas, and tourist attractions. Movie theatres can operate at 70 percent capacity and children under 12 can also enter tourist attractions.
The government began to gradually reopen the country’s economy after the coronavirus infections continue to decline.
The Covid-19 level 2 to level 4 restrictions on public activities (PPKM), which was previously known as the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), has been changed several times, especially in its restrictions related to activity and people’s mobility.
A stricter policy was implemented when President Joko Widodo announced the emergency Covid-19 measures or locally known as PPKM darurat which took effect from July 3-20 this year following a surge in Covid-19 cases. At that time, the increasing number of new confirmed cases was not supported by the improvement of health facilities or hospitals, which then led to a high death rate.
(Writer: Fitria Chusna Farisa | Editor: Krisiandi)
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