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Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Satellite cities to follow Jakarta's lead on PSBB

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti and Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 9, 2020   /   07:27 am
COVID-19: Satellite cities to follow Jakarta's lead on PSBB A Commuter Line train is seen packed with passengers at the new Depok Station in Depok, West Java, on March 23. (JP/Riand Alfiandy)

As Jakarta is set to implement large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on Friday, the capital’s satellite cities are looking to prepare their own PSBB regulations to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Bogor Deputy Mayor Dedie A. Rachim praised Jakarta’s PSBB policies and said that Bogor, West Java, would seek to implement its own measures soon.

“Based on the instructions of West Java’s governor, Bogor and Jakarta’s other satellite will follow suit,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

According to Dedie, approximately 200,000 Bogor residents travel to and from Jakarta daily using commuter lines. Meanwhile, more than 20,000 vehicles from Bogor pass through the Jagorawi toll road to go to the capital and home again every day.

Similarly, Tangerang Mayor Arief R. Firmansyah said the city had sent a PSBB request to the Banten provincial administration.

“Approximately 700,000 residents of Tangerang municipality commute to and from Jakarta every day,” Arief said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Tangerang Deputy Mayor Benyamin Davnie said the administration was calling on residents not to go the Jakarta.

“Stay at home and finish your work from home,” he told the Post. 

Meanwhile, Tangerang regent Ahmed Zaki Iskandar told the Post that the administration was currently discussing the possibility of implementing PSBB regulations in the regency.

Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi echoed their sentiments, saying that he would soon bar Bekasi residents from traveling to Jakarta.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Tuesday that the capital would start implementing PSBB measures on Friday. Gatherings of more than five people will be prohibited and public transportation services will limit passenger numbers to 50 percent of capacity and restrict their operational hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you want to help in the fight against COVID-19, we have compiled an up-to-date list of community initiatives designed to aid medical workers and low-income people in this article. Link: [UPDATED] Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak