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In brief

Under Reg 9, PSBB is defined as restriction of certain activities of citizens in an area that is suspected of being infected with a disease and/or contaminated to prevent the possibility of the spreading of Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19).

PSBB involves:

  1. dismissal of schools and workplaces
  2. restrictions on religious activities
  3. restrictions on activities in public places or facilities
  4. restrictions on social and cultural activities
  5. restrictions on modes of transportation
  6. restrictions on other activities, especially activities related to defense and security aspects

Reg 9 sets out the details of the restrictions, i.e., the specific places and modes of transportation that are exempted from the restrictions.


Recent Developments

On 31 March, President Joko Widodo declared a Public Health Emergency Status (Kedaruratan Kesehatan Masyarakat). The government decided to implement Large Scale Social Restrictions (Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar -“PSBB“) as a response to the Public Health Emergency Status.

On 3 April, the Minister of Health issued Regulation No. 9 of 2020 on Large Scale Social Restriction Guidelines in Acceleration of Handling of Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) (Pedoman Pembatasan Sosial Berskala Besar Dalam Rangka Percepatan Penanganan Corona Virus Disease 2019) (“Reg 9“).

Further, on 7 April, the Ministry of Health issued Ministerial Decree No. HK.01/MENKES/234/2020 on the Stipulation of Large Scale Social Restriction in DKI Jakarta Province in Regard to the Acceleration of Handling of Corona Virus Disease (“Decree“).

Under the Decree, MOH stipulates that as a response to the Public Health Emergency Status, DKI Jakarta is now enforcing PSBB on 10 April. The enforcement of PSBB will be applicable for the longest incubation period, i.e., 14 days and may be extended if there is still proof of the spreading of COVID-19.

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Riza F. Buditomo is a partner in Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners' Tax & Trade Group in Jakarta. He focuses on corporate commercial and tax, and trade matters including export/import, customs, supply chain, food industry, direct-selling, anti-dumping, and corporate commercial work.