The PSBB rules stipulate that only take-away service for food is available
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The East Jakarta city administration sanctioned nine companies and 40 restaurants by ordering them to shut down their business activities for three days over violation of large-scale social restriction (PSBB) rules.

The business entities breaking the PSBB rules, re-enforced by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan since Sept 14, were located in 10 areas, Head of the East Jakarta Public Order Agency's (Satpol PP's) Operational Division, Badrudin, stated here on Thursday.

Badrudin pointed out that companies ordered to terminate business operations from Monday to Wednesday were from national and trans-national scales of non-essential business sectors.

The enterprises were, by and large, found guilty of flouting a rule on the maximum number of workers allowed to be employed during the imposition of PSBB, he noted, adding that the total number of workers employed must not exceed 25 percent.

"However, some companies employ above 50 percent of their total number of workers by contending that they were unaware of the restriction as stipulated in the Jakarta governor's PSBB regulation," he noted.

Badrudin revealed that the 40 restaurant owners that also received sanctions from the East Jakarta city government had still allowed their customers to enjoy meals at their restaurants rather than offering take-away service.

"The PSBB rules stipulate that only take-away service for food is available," he stated.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced the re-enforcement of PSBB from Sept 14, 2020, on the basis of the emergency COVID-19 situation in the capital city.

"There are no other choices left but to apply the emergency brakes. This means we have to implement PSBB, as it was at the onset of the pandemic. This is the emergency brake that we have to pull," he noted during a recent press statement.

Baswedan's decision to re-enforce PSSB was attributed to the triad of indicators -- mortality rate, availability of isolation beds and ICU facilities for handling COVID-19, as well as the rate of positive cases -- that had raised the Jakarta provincial government's concern.

As an outcome of the complete re-enforcement of PSBB, all amusement centers in Jakarta should be temporarily shut down.

As part of its precautionary measures, the Jakarta provincial government has designated 14 hospitals in South Jakarta as COVID-19 referral hospitals.

Head of the South Jakarta Health Office Muhammad Helmy recently revealed that the South Jakarta city administration owned four of the 14 designated hospitals: the Pasar Minggu, Jati Padang, Kebayoran Lama, and Kebayoran Baru public hospitals.

The 10 others -- Pondok Indah, MMC, Medistra, Siloam Mampang Prapatan, Mayapada, Prikasih, Andhika, Bhayangkara Sespimma Polri, DR Suyoto Pusrehah Kemhan, Pertamina, and Fatmawati hospitals -- belong to the private sector, military, police, state-owned company, and government agencies.

With these 14 designated hospitals, the capital city has, so far, 59 COVID-19 referral hospitals, he remarked.

A worrisome trend has arisen in the past two weeks for Indonesia that has been battling to flatten its coronavirus curve since March 2020.

The country witnessed a spike in COVID-19 infection rates, with the addition of over three thousand new cases daily. Furthermore, over 100 frontline doctors have succumbed to the infection.
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