The Jakarta Post
Greater Surabaya in East Java officially ended its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), a partial lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, on Monday.
Surabaya and its satellite cities, Gresik and Sidoarjo, will implement a transition phase for the next two weeks.
The decision was made on Sunday evening after a PSBB evaluation meeting, which was also attended by East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa. In the meeting, leaders of Greater Surabaya agreed not to extend PSBB in the region for the fourth time.
Greater Surabaya started implementing PSBB on April 28. Despite the partial lockdown measures, on June 3 Surabaya became a “black zone” as confirmed COVID-19 cases skyrocketed, with the region recording nearly 3,000, the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini said it was better to end PSBB so the city could resume its economic activities.
"I am concerned because many people have complained that they cannot earn a living during PSBB. We hope [by ending PSBB] we can resume economic activities while still following health protocols," Risma said on Sunday as reported by kompas.com.
Risma also explained that the city administration was preparing a mayoral regulation containing strict health protocols for residents to follow. The protocols, she claimed, would be very effective in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
"We have prepared health protocols for markets, malls, factories, coffee shops and minimarkets," Risma said.
Although the city administrations could not impose sanctions for violators, Risma said she would coordinate with the National Police and the Indonesian military to make sure that residents follow the health protocols.
She reminded residents that the pandemic was not over yet and they had to remain disciplined in following the health protocols.
"There are still many residents in hospitals [for COVID-19] right now, don't add to the number [of patients] just because we are not disciplined [in following health protocols]," she said.
On Sunday, East Java recorded 365 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number of infected patients in the province to 6,313 with 502 fatalities. (nal)