Badung (ANTARA) - The National Police (Polri) has prohibited Christmas and New Year celebrations that can lead to crowding, in accordance with the Instruction of the Minister of Home Affairs.

"For Christmas and New Year, according to the Instruction of the Minister of Home Affairs Number 62 of 2021, all celebrations with a large number of participants are prohibited to avoid new clusters, especially since the new variant called Omicron is emerging," National Police Spokesperson Inspector General Dedi Prasetyo said during a press conference in Bali on Friday.

Officers will take action against anyone found violating the Home Affairs Minister's Instruction, he said.

"If there is a violation found, we will take action to maintain the safety of all Indonesian people," Prasetyo remarked.

He emphasized that the regulation refers to the Instruction of the Minister of Home Affairs concerning the Prevention and Handling of COVID-19 during Christmas 2021-New Year 2022. During the period, all regions will implement Level 3 PPKM, Prasetyo said.

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Polri is currently preparing a Service Post as well as optimizing PPKM in villages and in several areas known as homecoming destinations, he added.

"We will maximize the implementation of PPKM and standby at service posts at several toll gate points, ports, and airports in order to carry out surveillance on people who travel during that time," he informed.

Earlier, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force had issued regulations regarding travel during Christmas and New Year through its Circular Letter Number 24 of 2021 concerning the Regulation of Community Activities and Mobility for the 2021 Christmas and 2022 New Years during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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