Jakarta Eases Coronavirus Restrictions

Residents of Indonesia’s capital can look forward to dining out and going back to the cinema.

Office blocks along Jakarta’s Jalan Sudirman. (Photo: Ke Vin/Unsplash)

Following a month of tightened Large-scale Social Restrictions (PSBB), with Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan pulling on an “emergency brake” as hospitals were nearing capacity, the provincial administration has now lifted a range of coronavirus curbs. In a statement yesterday, Anies said measures were being loosened due to a slowdown in the increase of both positive and active cases of Covid-19 within the Indonesian capital. He added that the new Transitional PSBB would be in force for at least the next two weeks, until October 25.

Employee numbers at workplaces in “non-essential” sectors, previously capped at 25 percent, have been doubled to 50 percent. For contact tracing purposes, offices must implement a data collection system for workers and visitors; companies should take down personal details, mobile phone numbers, and the time when people clock in and out. Transport by private vehicles within Jakarta remains unrestricted as the odd-even traffic policy has been suspended indefinitely.

Dine-in services at restaurants, cafés, and other eateries across the city can now resume, so long as establishments do not exceed 50 percent of their typical capacity and a distance of one meter is maintained between different groups of patrons. Employees are required to wear masks, face shields, and gloves. Malls, which remained open during the tightened PSBB, are also restricted to half capacity.

For the first time since March, cinemas have been reopened, though each house can only accept up to 25 percent of the usual number of visitors; moviegoers must be seated at least 1.5 meters apart. Meanwhile, hair salons and barbershops can resume operating at 50 percent capacity. The minimum distance between chairs has been set at 1.5 meters, and customers are required to register and book appointments online.

Indoor sports halls and arenas are also subject to the same half-capacity rule, and all matches must be held without spectators—though this requirement does not apply to outdoor facilities. Gyms have been reopened at 25 percent capacity with operational hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; patrons must maintain a distance of two meters between each other. Group classes and training sessions must be held outdoors as those in closed spaces are not yet permitted.

Finally, indoor events such as wedding ceremonies, meetings, workshops, and seminars can also take place, but venues should be filled to no more than 25 percent of overall capacity with attendees seated 1.5 meters apart. Places of worship are currently restricted to 50 percent of visitor numbers, and registration systems should be implemented via a guest book or a digital format.

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