Government to immediately remove PPKM regulations: Minister
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy, said the government had a great opportunity to remove the restriction on public activities (PPKM) as soon as possible.
“Why do we need to continue PPKM if the COVID-19 condition has already been under control?” Effendy told ANTARA in Jakarta on Sunday.
The government, he said, has carefully considered expert input regarding the implementation of PPKM in Indonesia.
“There is a big chance to clear the PPKM as soon as possible,” he added.
He said one of the indicators of the transition to endemic was President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) decision to drop the mask rule by allowing people to remove masks in open spaces with good circulation. of air and taking into account safety distances.
In addition, the government also started abolishing the travel bubble policy during the Seventh Session of the Global Platform (2022 GPDRR) meeting from 23-28 May 2022 in Bali.
“I met with the president. He agreed there would be no bubbles at this event,” Effendy noted.
He says the GPDRR meeting that President Jokowi will open on May 25, 2022 will also be a test for Indonesia’s transition during the COVID-19 endemic.
Approximately 4,300 participants from State delegations will participate in the offline meeting.
“Participants can go anywhere in Bali. They are not limited to going around the hotel,” Effendy said.
In fact, all business locations such as cafes, restaurants, pubs and various culinary spaces in Bali can resume operations for 24 hours.
He indicated that the next easing of the COVID-19 situation is the policy of removing masks in various other public facilities, such as in public transport modes and indoors with good ventilation.
“The next step in easing is not wearing a mask,” Effendy added.
Previously, an epidemiologist from the Faculty of Health of the University of Indonesia (UI), Pandu Riono, asked the government not to prosecute the PPKM from May 23, 2022.
“I encourage the government to erase the PPKM regulation and relaxation of public activities,” suggested Riono.
The suggestion was made with reference to Indonesians’ increased antibody levels against SARS CoV-2 which caused COVID-19, so the government needed to follow up with the removal of rules that restrict community activities.
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