Health Minister Issues Decree on Health Protocols in Public Places
Date 20 Juni 2020
In a bid to adapt to the ‘new normal’ that prioritizes public health, and at the same time supports economic activities, it is deemed necessary to establish health protocols in public places and facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For that reason, Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto issued Decree of Minister of Health Number HK.01.07/MENKES/382/2020 on Health Protocols for the People in Public Places and Facilities which was stipulated on 19 June 2020.
The Minister explained that public places and facilities are areas where the public engages in social as well as economic activities. Mobility and assembly of the people in public places and facilities have great potential for COVID-19 transmission.
“The public must change their lifestyles to conform to the new normal so they can increase their productivity while preventing themselves from the spread of COVID-19,” he added.
Public places and facilities as referred to in the Ministerial Decree are markets, malls, stores, hotels/lodgings/homestays/dorms and similar places, restaurants, eatery and similar places, sports facilities and activities, transportation modes, stations/terminals/seaports/airports, tourist destination spots, hair salons/beauty salons and similar places, economic creative services, religious services at worship places, and meetings/events.
The health protocols will be imposed to anyone in public places and facilities. The protocols aim to protect the health of any individual by requiring them to wear face mask, to wash hands frequently, to keep safe distance, and to boost immunity by adopting clean and healthy lifestyle (PHBS).
Substances of the health protocols must consider types of activities, the scale, location (indoor/outdoor), duration, number of participants, COVID-19 vulnerable and high risk groups such as pregnant women, children, elderly people, those with comorbidity factors, and person with disabilities.
Implementation of the health protocols must involve various related parties including officers who control and supervise the policy. (Ministry of Health/EN)
Translated by : Rany Anjany
Reviewed by: Mia Medyana