Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud M.D. (JG Photo/Diana Mariska)

Gov't Drafts Regulations on Partial Lockdown


MARCH 28, 2020

Jakarta. The Indonesian government is drafting a regulation that will allow certain regions to impose a lockdown in their respective areas in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, a senior official has said.

The regulation will provide measures and requirements for districts and cities who want to quarantine themselves, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud M.D. said.

"The government has been preparing a regulation on regional quarantine and it will coordinate the procedures and requirements for a region to be allowed to restrict movements," Mahfud said in a video conference on Friday.

According to the draft, if the provincial Covid-19 Task Force considers it necessary to impose a lockdown, the central government will bring the matter to an inter-ministerial team involving the Transportation Ministry, the Health Ministry and the Trade Ministry for an approval.

The flow of basic commodities will be exempt from restrictions and grocery stores will continue to operate under strict supervision from the government, he said.

The regulation aims to provide common guidelines if any regional government intends to impose a lockdown during the pandemic, Mahfud said. 

The minister said several district and cities have informed the central government about a lockdown plan.

“We cannot leave them on their own if they decide to quarantine," Mahfud said.

As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to surge, Mahfud could not give a timeline on when the new regulation will come into force. 

At the meantime, the central government continues communicating with the regional governments to issue urgent policies that can be implemented immediately in their favor, he said.