Back to 2: Jakarta PPKM level upgraded amid faltering tracing

South Jakarta’s Pondok Indah Mall 2 (PIM 2) in August 2020. <em>Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media</em>
South Jakarta’s Pondok Indah Mall 2 (PIM 2) in August 2020. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

It’s going to be a December much like October in terms of mobility curbs in Jakarta, as the government has upgraded the capital’s Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (PPKM) protocol from Level 1 to 2.

Level 2 PPKM is being implemented in Jakarta from today until Dec. 13. Another extension is expected from that date to Dec. 24, when all of Indonesia is set to observe Level 3 PPKM to limit people’s mobility during the Christmas and New Year holidays. PPKM’s restrictions level go up to 4.

Jakarta first went into Level 2 PPKM in late October, before the policy was downgraded further to Level 1 amid low COVID-19 numbers across the board. 

When the announcement was made yesterday evening, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who oversees the implementation of PPKM, cited faltering tracing numbers to below WHO standards in Jakarta and its satellite cities as the reason behind the upgrade. All Bali regencies and its capital Denpasar were also upgraded to Level 2.

Despite the flagging tracing levels, Jakarta’s daily infections rate continue to remain mostly in the double digits since late October, a far cry from the five-digit daily counts at the peak of the COVID-19 crisis in July.

Here are the main rules for Level 2 PPKM:

  • Schools and non-essential offices limited to 50 percent capacity
  • Traditional markets and supermarkets may open to 75 percent capacity until 6pm
  • Supermarkets, grocery stores limited to 50 percent capacity
  • One-hour dine-in time limit at restaurants, warungs, cafés and all F&B establishments, which can open to 50 percent capacity until 9pm
  • Malls limited to 50 percent capacity until 9pm
  • Public facilities limited to 25 percent capacity
  • Cinemas limited to 75 percent capacity, may open until 9pm.

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