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Jakarta Post

Jakarta free to take big strides

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, April 9 2020   /  01:17 am

It has taken more than a month and 200 deaths, but Jakarta finally received permission to implement large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) starting Friday, April 10, following the Health Ministry’s approval of the measure on Tuesday to curb the contagion’s spread in the capital, the epicenter of Indonesia’s COVID-19 outbreak.

His hands previously tied by the central government, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had been preparing penalties aimed to enforce social distancing on public transportation and in public spaces, and to ban large gatherings of more than five people, including religious events and weddings.

The PSBB, however, still leaves private vehicles largely unregulated, and private vehicles can still travel in and out of Jakarta. Public buses and minivans may only operate vehicles that are half full, but no restrictions have been placed on intercity trips.