A shut down amusement park in Central Jakarta on March 21. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

What Regional Gov't Must Prepare Before Large-Scale Social Restriction

BY :TARA MARCHELIN

APRIL 10, 2020

Jakarta. Regional governments must fulfill several requirements before they could get approval to impose a large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, according to Safrizal Z.A., the Home Affairs Ministry's acting director-general of regional administration development. 

The first thing the regional governments must do is ensure the availability of basic goods and services for the public.

"People won't be able to go to work and must stay at home under PSBB. They're only allowed to leave the house for essential purposes. Making sure that basic needs and services are available is crucial," Safrizal said in a teleconference on Thursday.

The regional government must also make sure there are enough health facilities and medical supplies in their area, Safrizal said.

"The hospitals must have enough isolation rooms, quarantine rooms and personal protective equipment [PPE] for the medical workers. There should also be enough stock of face masks for the public," he said.

Safrizal said the regional governments must also reallocate some of their budget for social safety net programs. They will have to identify the beneficiaries by their name, address and phone number.

Law enforcers must be involved to ensure people abide by the large-scale social restriction.

Since a large-scale social restriction will also affect neighboring areas, all regional governments wanting to impose the measure must make sure there won't be any interruptions to logistics supply, especially for basic goods and medical equipment. 

Application Procedures

To get approval for the large-scale social restriction, Safrizal said the regional governments must submit the total number of Covid-19 cases in their area, the number of deaths and a report on the epidemic spread in surrounding areas to the Health Minister.

"Each regional government must prepare data on case increases, epidemiology curve, virus transmission map, local transmissions and second- and third-generation transmission cases," he said.

The Health Minister will study the data with the Covid-19 Task Force before deciding whether or not the region can impose large-scale social restriction.

"We'll come up with the decision after two days at the most. If the answer is no, the application can be resubmitted once they have new data," Safrizal said.

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