On the eve of Jakarta’s implementation of its large-scale social distancing measures, slated to take effect from tomorrow (10 Apr), the city’s police force has reportedly stepped up its efforts to disseminate information on the new measures.
The Indonesian capital city’s police today (9 Apr) have also ramped up patrols across the city to ensure compliance with the policy to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The large-scale social distancing measures — known as pembatasan sosial berskala besar (PSBB) — will see the closure of schools and public places such as museums and sports centres.
Under the PSBB, public gatherings involving more than five people will also be banned.
Jakarta’s police chief, Inspector-General Nana Sudjana, told journalists at a press conference on Wednesday (8 April) that the police will take tough actions against people attending any meetings after the large-scale distancing policy takes effect, classifying such actions as “light crime”.
“If we have warned (people in a gathering) thrice, but the concerned people continue, law enforcement will be applied on them,” he said.
“Outside of this (the PSBB), we will continue to maximize security in Jakarta. In this situation, we maximize our efforts to prevent, pre-empt and repress,” Nana added.
Public transportation services will limit the number of commuters to 50 per cent of the usual capacity and will have their operational hours restricted from 6 am. to 6 pm.
Despite the restriction of public transportation services, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan stressed that there will be no restriction for those entering and leaving the capital.
The Jakarta administration, he added, will not impose a curfew during the implementation of PSBB.
“There will be more patrols as we must ensure there will be no crowds, but not in the form of checkpoints,” the governor said in the City Hall on Wednesday.
He said that the patrols will be carried out by military and police personnel to ensure strict compliance with PSBB.
Jakarta’s satellite cities such as Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi will also be implementing their own PSBB regulations, officials told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.