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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to revoke business licenses of 200 companies that flouted PSBB

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 4, 2020   /   03:16 pm
Jakarta to revoke business licenses of 200 companies that flouted PSBB Officers from the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) disperse activities at a shopping complex in Glodok, West Jakarta, on April 23, as the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the capital. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

The Jakarta administration will revoke the business licenses of at least 200 companies that have flouted the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital.

Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) head Arifin said his agency was currently preparing the dossiers on the companies, which would be submitted to the city’s Capital Investment and One Stop Service (DPMPTSP) for the revocation of business licenses.

“We have cracked down on these companies. About 200 businesses have been sealed. This means that all of their activities should stop during the PSBB,” Arifin said when contacted by on Sunday.

Arifin said that the companies were not essential businesses. The regulations on the PSBB require all workplaces to close, except those in the financial, fuel, food, medicine, retail, water, communications and logistics sectors.

Jakarta started implementing the PSBB on April 10 and the restrictions were initially slated to end on April 23. The city extended the PSBB from April 24 to May 22, as the coronavirus outbreak has yet to subside.

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The city carried out unannounced inspections from April 14 to April 29. On Friday, the Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency recorded that 126 non-essential workplaces were still in operation during the PSBB.

The 126 companies, which employ a total of 10,347 workers, are spread across Jakarta, with 35 companies found in South Jakarta, 32 in West Jakarta, 23 in North Jakarta, 21 in Central Jakarta and 15 in East Jakarta.

Arifin said the city administration had repeatedly warned companies operating in Jakarta to comply with the PSBB provisions and cease all office activities, which is also stipulated in Jakarta Gubernatorial Regulation No. 33/2020 on PSBB.

Earlier in April, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed an evaluation of the PSBB implementation as many non-essential workplaces were still ignoring the restrictions and demanding that their workers show up for work.

In addition to the revocation of business licenses, the company managements will be subject to the maximum punishment of fines of Rp 100 million (US$ 6,490) and one year’s imprisonment, in accordance with the 2018 Health Quarantine Law. (syk)