Gov’t Issues Circular on Activity, Mobility Control During Christmas, New Year Period

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 1 Desember 2021
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SE Satgas COVID 24-2021In a bid to prevent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases during this year’s Christmas and New Year holidays, the COVID-19 National Task Force has issued Circular Number 24 of 2021 on People’s Activity and Mobility Control During Christmas 2021 and New Year’s Eve 2022.

The issuance of the circular is based on the potential spike in COVID-19 cases given the expected increase in people’s activity and mobility in the forms of visiting relatives and family, attending religious activities, and visiting tourist attractions.

According to the circular, previous long holidays amid COVID-19 led to an increase in COVID-19 transmission so that it is important to restrict people’s activities during this year’s Christmas  and New Year’s Eve.

Christmas 2021 and New Year’s Eve 2022 period as stated in this circular will start from 24 December 2021 until 2 January 2022.

The provisions on the health protocols in this circular are as follows:

  1. The provision on people’s mobility control are as follows:
    1. Odd-even traffic policy in agglomeration areas, provincial capitals, tourist attractions, and other areas considering the increase in people’s mobility there; and
    2. Terms and conditions applied for Domestic Travelers (PPDN) during Christmas 2021 and New Year’s Eve 2022 regulated in the COVID-19 National Task Force’s Circular Number 22 of 2021 on Provisions on Domestic Travel during COVID-19 are as follows:
      1. Travelers making long-distance travel by air transportation from and to regions in Java and Bali islands as well as traveling inter-regency or inter-city within Java and Bali Island must show these following requirements:
        1. Vaccination card (min. first dose vaccinated) and a negative result of RT-PCR test that is valid within a maximum 3 x 24 hours before departure as a travel requirement; or
        2. Vaccination card (min. second dose vaccinated) and negative result of antigen rapid test that is valid within a maximum 1 x 24 hours before departure as a travel requirement.
      2. Travelers making long-distance travel by air transportation inter-regency or inter-city outside Java and Bali Islands must show vaccination card (min. first dose vaccinated) and a negative result of RT-PCR test that is that is valid within a maximum 3 x 24 hours or negative result of an antigen rapid test that is valid within a maximum 1 x 24 hours before departure as a travel requirement;
      3. Travelers making long-distance travel by sea, land transportation including using private or public transports, crossings transport mode, inter-city railway must show vaccination card (min. first dose vaccinated) and a negative result of RT-PCR test that is that is valid within a maximum 3 x 24 hours or negative result of an antigen rapid test that is valid within maximum 1 x 24 hours before departure as a travel requirement;
      4. Specialty for routine travel by land transportation using private or public transports and railway in one area / urban agglomeration area is excluded from the travel provisions as stipulated in Number 1.b.iii;
      5. Specialty for logistics and freight transport making domestic travel in areas in Java and Bali Islands must follow these conditions:
        1. Must show vaccination card showing full doses of vaccination and negative result of an antigen rapid test that is valid within a maximum 14 x 24 hours before departure;
        2. Must show vaccination card showing first dose vaccination and negative result of antigen rapid test that is valid within a maximum 7 x 24 hours before departure; or
        3. Must show negative result of an antigen rapid test that is valid within maximum 1 x 24 hours before departure if not vaccinated yet.
      6. Obligation to show vaccination card is excluded for:
        1. Travelers under 12 years old;
        2. Drivers and crews of logistics and freight transports making domestic travel outside Java and Bali Islands; and
        3. Travelers with special health condition or comorbid that cause them unable to receive vaccines. It is their obligation to show medical certificate from doctor working at Government’s hospitals.
      7. The provisions as referred to in Number 1.b.i. to Number 1.b.vi. are excluded for pioneer flights in Frontier, Outermost, Disadvantaged (3T) regions and limited shipping in accordance with respective regional conditions;
    3. Control, regulation enforcement, and monitoring on people’s mobility, one of which is COVID-19 random testing activities, is carried out at the Check Point Post in their respective regions by the implementing agency for transportation, public order officers (Pamong Praja Police Unit) supported by Indonesia National Defense Force (TNI)/Indonesia National Police (Polri); and
    4. Amid the transition policy on people’s mobility control during Christmas 2021 and New Year’s Eve 2022 period, the implementation of regulation enforcement, control, monitoring on people’s mobility as referred to in Number 1.c. is carried out Day-7 before and Day+7 after the Christmas period 2021 and New Year’s 2022.
  2. The provisions on people’s social, economic activities are implemented as stipulated in Instruction of Minister of Home Affairs number 62 of 2021 on COVID-19 Prevention and Countermeasures During Christmas 2021 and New Year’s Eve 2022.
  3. Control and monitoring on people’s social, economic activities are regulated as follows:
    1. All public facilities that are allowed to operate during Christmas 2021 and New Year’s Eve 2022 period must optimize the use of PeduliLindungi and must form ta 3M (Wearing Facemask, Washing Hands, Maintaining Physical Distance) Health Protocols Task Force in Public Facilities that will carry out functions to prevent, disseminate, support, and coordinate with the COVID-19 Task Force in their respective regions;
    2. The provisions on the formation and optimization of the functions of the 3M Task Force Health Protocols Task Force in Public Facilities are implemented as stipulated in COVID-19 National Task Force’s Circular Number 19 of 2021;
    3. In the event that public facilities that are allowed to operate but fail to form a 3M Task Force Health Protocols Task Force in Public Facilities, the Regional COVID-19 Task Force may give punishment including oral / written reprimands, warnings, and the temporary closure of related public facilities; and
    4. The Regional COVID-19 Task Force at the levels of province, regency/city, district, sub-district/village, and neighboring unit (RT), community unit (RW) must reactivate and optimize its functions for COVID-19 prevention and control in their respective regions.
  4. Restrictions on communal bonds/family meeting are regulated as follows:

The whole community is encouraged to do a virtual family meeting or to get together with family at home and avoid the crowd.

  1. Ministries / institutions (provincial / regional / municipal governments that will impose specific criteria and requirements related to community activity restrictions during Christmas 2021 and New Year’s Eve 2022 period in their regions may issue other legal instruments that are aligned and not contrary to this circular.
  1. Other legal instruments regulating specific criteria and requirements as referred to in Number 5 are an integral part of this circular.

In this circular, provisions on monitoring, handling, evaluation are also regulated as follows:

  1. The command flow is carried out from the Central Level to the regional level by the COVID-19 National Task Force to the COVID-19 Regional Task Force to the level of sub-districts / villages. The reporting flow is carried out by the COVID-19 Regional Task Force at sub-district / village levels to the COVID-19 National Task Force;
  2. The Regional COVID-19 Task Force is assisted by public transportation organizing authorities to carry out control to travel and safe public transportation from COVID-19 by establishing an Integrated Security Post;
  3. Performance monitoring and evaluation of the 3M Health Protocols Task Force in Public Facilities is carried out periodically and tiered by the COVID-19 Regional Task Force at the area of related public facilities, as well as in terms of discipline enforcement, while punishment may be carried out by the TNI and Polri at the level of the area of related public facilities;
  4. Ministries / Institutions, the TNI, the National Police, and regional governments reserve the rights to stop and / or eliminate the travel of persons on the basis of this circular that is in harmony and not contrary to the provisions of the laws and regulations;
  5. The authorities (ministries / agencies, TNI / the National Police, and regional governments) enforce the discipline of the COVID-19 health protocol and law in accordance with the provisions of prevailing laws and regulations; and
  6. The COVID-19 Regional Task Force has a responsibility to implement the policies on people’s activity control during Christmas 2021 and New Year’s Eve 2022 amid COVID-19 pandemic by optimizing the Command Post at regencies / cities, districts, sub-districts / villages, neighboring units (RT), community units (RW) levels to ensure control on COVID transmissions rate in all clusters caused by community activities including mobility, socio-economic activities, and family visits.

In this circular, provisions on dissemination are also regulated as follows:

Dissemination on control and people’s activity restrictions and COVID-19 handling measures during Christmas 2021 and New Year’s Eve 2022 period must be carried out by all related stakeholders, including:

  1. Religious leaders to their followers and public figures to the public in general;
  2. Village leaders to their local residents;
  3. Heads of the companies or employers in non-formal sector to their workers; and
  4. Media to the public in general. (COVID-19 National Task Force/UN) (AP/EP)
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