Bekasi, West Java (ANTARA) - The Bekasi City Government in West Java Province has stated that it is ready to implement a large-scale social distancing (PSBB) measure to prevent the spread of the novel corona virus (COVID-19).

For the success of the PSBB implementation, it must be supported by every Bekasi city resident, including religious leaders, and the younger generation, Deputy Mayor of Bekasi Tri Adhianto Tjahjono said here on Sunday .

The mayor of Bekasi City is expected to sign the regulation on PSBB in the near future.

As part of the PSBB imposition, the Bekasi City Government has reduced the operating hours of modern department stores only until 8 p.m. at the latest daily.

The city's traditional markets have also been encouraged to carry out online trading activities. Restaurants have been asked to stop dine-in services and only serve take-away food purchases, he added.

Police and military officers will be deployed to help enforce the regulation.

The Bekasi City Government has ordered students to study at their respective homes as their schools are closed to slow down the spread of the corona virus.

"The distribution of masks and hand sanitizers as well as spraying disinfectants have been carried out routinely. We also provide food aid to our citizens who are categorized as underprivileged during the corona pandemic," the Deputy Mayor said.

As for the supporting infrastructure and facilities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the city government had prepared Bekasi City Hospital and several other hospitals for treating people infected with the corona virus.

A sport stadium and a hajj hostel have also been reassigned for the COVID-19 response.

In the meantime, given the swift spike in infections, the Indonesian Government has declared large-scale social distancing measures nationwide, banned foreigners from entering the country, ordered people to stay at home and work from home (WFH), closed schools and amusement centers, banned gatherings, including mass prayers, and restricted citizens’ movement.

In addition to this, hundreds of hospitals across Indonesia have been assigned to function as referral hospitals for COVID-19 treatment, while several other buildings have been converted into emergency hospitals or quarantine centers.

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