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Jakarta Post

Health minister issues new protocols for public activities

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 20, 2020   /   09:14 am
Health minister issues new protocols for public activities Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto (middle) and national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo (right) visit a COVID-19 emergency hospital during its inauguration in Surabaya, East Java, on June 2. (The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB)/The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB))

Health Minister Terawan Agus Purwanto issued a new set of health protocols on Friday governing activities in public places. 

Health Ministerial Regulation (Permenkes) No. HK.01.07/MENKES/382/2020 on health protocols in public facilities applies to public spaces, including department stores, hotels, airports, food and beverage establishments, place of worship and tourist locations. 

“The public should adapt to the new habit and lifestyle to maintain a productive life and prevent themselves from contracting COVID-19,” Terawan said on Friday. 

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The health protocols for the areas include the basics, such as wearing face masks, washing hands with soap, physical distancing and maintaining a healthy and hygienic lifestyle.

The regulation states that people participating in activities in public places should consider the number of attendees and the presence of people from vulnerable groups, such as toddlers, senior citizens, pregnant women and people with disabilities. 

Terawan said he wanted people to wash after activities in public, including after picking up trash in public facilities. 

“Public places have a high potential for the spread of COVID-19 since they are places for large gatherings and have high mobility rates for people,” said the minister.