Large-Scale Social Restriction, Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation Prepares Regulation

Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation will issue a Ministerial Regulation, after the Government Regulation concerning Large-Scale Social Restrictions. IPC

(Marobs) Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation will issue a Ministerial Regulation, after the Government Regulation concerning Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) in the Framework of Accelerating Handling of Covid-19, also Minister of Health Regulation concerning Large-Scale Social Limitation Guidelines.

Transportation Ministry spokeswoman Adita Irawati, said, it will regulate transportation control in the framework of preventing the spread of Covid-19, control of transportation activities in areas designated as Large-Scale Social Restrictions, as well as guidelines and technical guidelines for homecoming—called ‘mudik’—control in 2020.

“The government directs people not to go home. If anyone insists on going home, everything must meet strict requirements and protocols. For that reason, we are also finalizing the 2020 Mudik Guidebook or Technical Guidance, which must be considered and must be followed by people who will travel out of an area, especially those that have been designated as Large-Scale Social Restriction or homecoming trips, starting from the place of origin, on the way to until the destination,” said Adita, as released by the Ministry of Transportation, April 8, 2020.

Persons who insist on going home, especially from areas designated as Large-Scale Social Restriction, said Adita, are required to do isolation independently for 14 days after arrival in their hometown, and 14 days after returning to Jakarta or other cities where they return.

Following up on the regulation of the Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, the Ministry of Transportation prohibited the State Civil Apparatus (ASN) and their families from going home (mudik).

An online survey conducted by the Transportation Research and Development Agency (Balitbanghub) of 42 thousand respondents spread throughout Indonesia, about the effect of the Covid-19 outbreak on the implementation of Lebaran transport in 2020. As a result, as many as 56 percent of respondents said they would not go home, 37 percent said have not decided to go home, and 7 percent said they had gone home.

Together with other ministries and institutions, as well as local governments, the Ministry of Transportation coordinated the preparation of rules and directions for the pandemic during the Covid-19 period, coordinated by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs. Some local leaders have appealed to persons who work outside the city not to go home this year.

Some policies that will be implemented related to tightening homecoming activities, including the regulation of physical distance (physical distancing) on ​​public transportation. Keeping physical distance, for one thing, is done by reducing passenger capacity.

For private vehicles, physical distance is also applied. Motorcycles cannot carry passengers, while private cars must carry a maximum of half of their passenger capacity.

“We hope that with these strict rules will reduce the desire of people to travel between cities, especially from and to areas that have been set by the Large-Scale Social Restriction, including for going home, which in turn helped prevent the spread of Covid-19,” explained Adita.

Jakarta, the Priority

The status of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) for Jakarta was set by the Minister of Health, Terawan Agus Putranto, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020), was decided in the context of acceleration of handling Covid-19.

Large-Scale Social Restrictions was proposed by the Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Epidemiological studies and consideration of the readiness of the Jakarta area in terms of social, economic, and other aspects, are strong reasons for establishing Large-Scale Social Restrictions.

Now, Jakarta is required to implement Large-Scale Social Restrictions and consistently encourage and promote a clean and healthy lifestyle to the community. Large-Scale Social Restrictions in Jakarta is carried out during the longest incubation period and can be extended, if there is still evidence of the spread.