JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia will reimpose alert level 3, the moderate alert in the four-tiered Covid-19 restrictions on public activities, across the country to halt coronavirus resurgence during the year-end holiday.
The implementation of the stricter Covid-19 measures in the country is scheduled to take place from December 24, 2021, to January 2, 2022.
“Under the policy in conjunction with the Christmas and New Year holidays, various pulling-crowd activities such as fireworks and parades will be banned,” said Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy in a meeting on Wednesday, November 17.
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Meanwhile, the implementation of Christmas services, tourism activities, and shopping center operations will refer to the Home Affairs Ministry instruction. The restrictions aim to tighten the movement of the people to prevent a spike in Covid-19 cases.
He said that similar regulations will take place throughout the country based on a consensus that has been made previously. However, it will be only applied to all provinces after the issuance of the Home Ministry instruction on a guideline for handling of the Covid-19 during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“It is expected to be issued on November 22,” he added.
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The Covid-19 level 3 restrictions on public activities throughout the country are needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus but at the same time, economic activity continues.
“All regions in Indonesia will later be under alert level 3 [during the year-end holidays].”
Besides, tighter health protocols will also remain in place. This will cover places of worship during Christmas services, shopping centers, and tourist destinations.
The senior minister called on relevant officials to prepare for circulars and support the handling of Covid-19 during the Christmas and New Year holidays.
(Writer: Deti Mega Purnamasari | Editor: Icha Rastika)
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