Life after PSBB: Community quarantine to replace city-wide partial lockdown in Jakarta

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Aerial view of South-Central Jakarta taken from Kuningan area. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

With the third phase of the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) protocol ending tomorrow, the Jakarta Provincial Government looks set to impose quasi-quarantine measures on much smaller scales ⁠— specifically on at least 62 Community Units (RW) throughout the capital.

This next phase of the capital’s partial lockdown policy is dubbed “Local-Scale Social Restrictions” or PSBL for short.

“There are 62 RWs. The PSBL is at the RW scale because the infection rates [in certain RWs] are still high,” Jakarta’s Deputy Governor for Civil Registry and Settlements, Suharti, told reporters yesterday. 

An RW is a regional administrative division comprising several neighborhood units (RT), the latter of which is made up of at least 20 households. PSBB was previously enforced city-wide.

Suharti said that the PSBL plan is still being discussed by the administration before it’s finalized.

The 62 RWs planned for the PSBL protocol are located in some of Jakarta’s densely populated areas, such as Mangga Dua and Cilincing in North Jakarta, Kebon Kacang and Gondangdia in Central Jakarta, as well as Cempaka Putih and Kramat in East Jakarta, among others. The complete list of RWs can be found here.

Jakarta City Council Commission D Secretary Syarif also revealed today that the city administration is going to enforce a transitional PSBB period (PSBB Transisi) for one week before PSBL is enforced in the 62 RWs. After that week, parts of Jakarta not included under PSBL will observe the same measures as contained in PSBB Transisi.

During PSBB Transisi, restrictions in the city will be loosened for a gradual return of economic activities, meaning businesses will be allowed to operate with COVID-19 protocols in place. Houses of worship, shopping centers, and leisure facilities will also open gradually.

Syarif said that the Governor Regulation (Pergub) that regulates PSBB Transisi will be signed by Governor Anies Baswedan this evening.

However, PSBB may be enforced again should there be a significant increase of COVID-19 cases in the city following relaxed restrictions.



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