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Jakarta urges businesses to cooperate during PSBB amid limited supervision

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16, 2020   /   11:29 am
Jakarta urges businesses to cooperate during PSBB amid limited supervision Employees work in an office in Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Sept. 11. Nonessential workplaces and government offices can have no more than 25 percent of their employees work in the office during the new large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) period in Jakarta. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The Jakarta administration has urged businesses to cooperate during the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as authorities raise concerns over the limited number of supervisory officials available to oversee them.

Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency head Andri Yansyah said the office had only 25 teams in charge of overseeing the implementation of health protocols, each team tasked with monitoring three companies a day.

With the help of the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), the 25 teams are monitoring 79,849 small to large companies that employ up to 2.1 million people.

“That’s why we expect companies’ internal task forces to assist us. Besides the implementation of COVID-19 protocols, we also urge for the roles of P2K3 [Occupational Safety and Health Committee],” Andri said on Tuesday.

Andri said it would be difficult to avoid the emergence of office transmission clusters during the PSBB if companies did not do their part.

“There is no point if businesses and workers do not cooperate. Don’t blame us if we decide to tighten PSBB measures," he said as quoted by kompas.com.

He called on companies to actively report on the implementation of health protocols and encouraged workers to report companies that violated restrictions, promising them protection and anonymity.

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The administration will involve the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) only when companies and offices challenge or impede the process of monitoring, he said.

Jakarta has started reimposing PSBB measures on Monday because of a continuous increase in occupancy rates for hospital beds, as well as rising active COVID-19 cases and deaths following the transitioned to a “new normal”. 

The new PSBB phase set to be in place for two weeks until Sept. 27.

Unlike in the first PSBB phase implemented in April, the Jakarta administration has made some allowances.

It also allows private companies outside the category of essential businesses and government offices to have no more than 25 percent of their employees work on-site at the same time.

Workplaces in the essential sector, markets and shopping centers, as well as places of worship in areas with low transmission risks, are allowed to open at 50 percent capacity.

On the first day of PSBB on Monday, Jakarta was forced to temporarily close eight companies after the employees of five of them tested positive for COVID-19, while the other three companies were found violating health protocols.

Meanwhile, the city closed 134 companies during the transitional period to the new normal from June 5 to Sept. 13, either due to transmissions or for violating capacity restrictions, tempo.co reported. (syk/sau)