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Jakarta Post

Jakarta to lift odd-even policy with return of PSBB

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 10, 2020   /   06:09 pm
Jakarta to lift odd-even policy with return of PSBB Traffic congestion on Jl. Sudirman, Jakarta, on March 16, 2020. (Antara/Galih Pradipta)

The Jakarta administration is set to lift the odd-even license plate policy on Monday, the day the capital will reinstate the full large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) amid heightened concerns over the high number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the odd-even policy would no longer be in effect starting Monday as businesses are once again expected to order their employees to work remotely from home.

“The odd-even policy will be retracted on Sep. 14. It is part of the regulation. More details to come,” he said on Thursday.

He went on to say that the number of passengers on public transportation would also be limited in accordance with the latest regulation.

Read also: What you need to know about large-scale social restrictions in Jakarta

Anies is due to discuss the details of the restoration of PSBB with other regional heads in Greater Jakarta.

It was previously reported that the administration was to reevaluate the odd-even policy in the capital following reports of COVID-19 clusters emerging from public transportation.

After lifting the odd-even license plate policy in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the Jakarta administration announced on July 31 that it would reimpose it in a bid to ease traffic congestion arising after the relaxation of PSBB measures.

The decision to pull what Anies dubbed an "emergency brake" was made considering the high number of daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in the capital, as well as the city's bed occupancy rate. As of Wednesday, health authorities recorded that 1,347 people in Jakarta had died from COVID-19.