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Greater Tangerang extends PSBB, requires permit for intercity travel

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 3, 2020   /   04:52 pm
Greater Tangerang extends PSBB, requires permit for intercity travel Safe distance: A shop owner serves customers outside her shop on Jl. Pamulang Raya in South Tangerang, Banten, on Monday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Jakarta’s satellite cities in Banten – South Tangerang, Tangerang municipality and Tangerang regency – extended their large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) period until June 14 as health authorities in the region are still recording a high number of new COVID-19 cases in the region.

The provincial administration announced the issuance of a 2020 gubernatorial decree on the extension of the PSBB, which were initially scheduled to end on May 31. The administration stated the restrictions could be extended in the future if health authorities were still recording a high rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region.

Apart from the PSBB extension, the decree also requires non-residents wanting to go on intercity travel to obtain an exit and entry permit (SIKM) issued by each city and regency administration.

However, residents of the region and Greater Jakarta identity card holders traveling within Greater Jakarta are not required to obtain such permits.

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South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany said people wishing to travel to and from the municipality could acquire the permit through the city’s online permit management information system simponie.tangerangselatankota.go.id.

“The application process is similar to the ones issued by Jakarta. The South Tangerang Investment and One-Stop Services Agency will disseminate the information to residents,” Airin said in a statement on Tuesday.

She added the permits could also be issued for emergency purposes, such as sick people and dying family members, as well as work trips for workers in companies allowed to operate during the PSBB period.

The gubernatorial decree also states that schools are to continue online learning activities until June 15. However, some places of worship are allowed to open and operate under strict health protocols.

In South Tangerang alone, there were 242 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, 25 of whom died of the disease. Meanwhile, Banten recorded 954 confirmed cases with 69 deaths and 273 recoveries.