Gov’t Imposes Micro-Scale Activity Restrictions
The Government has issued regulations for implementing micro-scale activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro) from 9 to 22 February 2021 to control COVID-19 transmission.
“The main goal of the PPKM Mikro is to reduce positive cases and flatten the curve as the main prerequisite for success in COVID-19 handling. In the meantime, it also aims to restore the national economy. To achieve the goal, it is necessary to prepare a control mechanism in communities and in villages/sub-districts,” Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said at a virtual press conference, Monday (08/02).
Airlangga, who is also the Chairperson of the Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN), said that the control mechanism will be implemented by establishing coordination posts (posko) in villages/sub-districts which provides 4 functions, namely prevention, handling, guidance, and operational support.
The regional heads (Governors) will regulate the implementation of the PPKM Mikro in accordance with the Instruction of Minister of Home Affairs Number 03 of 2021 on the Implementation of the PPKM Mikro, while the establishment of coordination post at the village/sub-district level will be based on the Instruction of Minister of Villages, Development of Under-developed Regions, and Transmigration Number 1 of 2021 on the Use of Village Funds in the Implementation of PPKM Mikro in villages.
The implementation of PPKM Mikro will be coupled with efforts to increase the implementation of 3T (Testing, Tracing, Treatment) and determination of risk zoning at the neighborhood level.
In addition, the implementation of PPKM Mikro will be supported by provision of assistance to fulfill basic needs in the form of rice for people living in the red zone villages and provision of standardized face masks for all village residents.
The implementation of the PPKM Mikro is carried out by the villages/sub-districts coordination posts in coordination with the COVID-19 Task Force at the District, Regency/City and Provincial levels, as well as coordination with the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) and the Indonesian National Police (Polri).
After analyzing and evaluating the first and the second batch of the PPKM, the PPKM implementation scheme is also adjusted as follows:
- Limiting workplaces/offices by implementing Work From Home (WFH) policy for 50 percent of workers with stronger enforcement of health protocols (for government offices, according to the Circular of Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reforms).
- Implementing online teaching and learning activities.
- Allowing the essential sector related to the public basic needs to operate 100 percent by regulating operating hours, capacity, and by implementing health protocols.
- Restricting restaurant/mall activities:
– Allowing restaurant activities for dine-in with maximum of 50 percent of the capacity.
– Limiting the operating hours of malls/shopping centers until 21.00 Western Indonesian Time.
– Allowing take-away/delivery services.
- Allowing construction activities to operate 100 percent with the implementation of stricter health protocols.
- Activities in places of worship can be carried out with maximum of 50 percent of the capacity and implementing stricter health protocols.
- Closing public facilities and temporarily suspending socio-cultural activities.
- Limiting the capacity and operating hours of public transportation.
In the meantime, Director General for Regional Administration of Ministry of Home Affairs Safrizal ZA stated that 98 percent of Regencies and Cities in Indonesia already have regulations on enforcing health protocols, including the sanctions for violation. In the implementation, village coordination posts can immediately establish discipline enforcement team and impose social sanctions or fines in villages and sub-districts in accordance with regional government regulations or regional head regulations. (Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs/UN) (RI/LW)