Indonesia government will enter the first phase of a “new normal” era on 1 June by allowing industries and service providers to resume their operations in accordance with the newly announced COVID-19 health protocols.
This is the first of five phases implemented by the Government in its effort to prevent further economic crash in the country amid the pandemic.
Next, the Government will gradually allow schools and public places to re-open while ensuring they abide to the health protocols in place.
The COVID-19 health protocols was announced by the Ministry of Health on last Saturday (23 May) under the regulation number ‘HK.01.07/MENKES/328/2020‘, focusing on workplace operations upon resumption.
The protocols stipulate that the COVID-19 prevention and measurement actions in the workplace must be strictly followed by the management as well as employees; such as to not treat personnel who tested positive as a stigma, to report any employee who shows COVID-19 symptoms to medical personnel, to implement physical distancing at least one meter between employee, to avoid late shift for an employee over 50, and to arrange worker who is essential to work or able to do the work from home.
Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee on Taxation of KADIN – the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Herman Juwono embraces the issuance of the health protocols by the Ministry of Health to help to recover the country’s economy.
“It is not easy for sure because it is a health protocol. But the point is that either employers, workers, or the public can understand it,” said Mr Herman to detikcom on Tuesday (26 May).
Meanwhile, the following step will be to re-open shopping malls on 8 June.
This phase will involve hundreds of military personnel from the national army and police force. They will be deployed to a number of shopping malls and public places to ensure that the health protocols are followed.
According to the Commander of the National Army Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, this will be implemented in four provinces – DKI Jakarta, West Java, West Sumatera, Gorontalo – and also at several cities/regencies nationwide.
“This [step] will be carried out in four provinces and 25 cities/regencies. The object will be the places where the people commute, malls, local markets, tourism sites. Based on the data from four provinces and 25 cities/regencies, we will carry out the disciplinary in 1,800 objects,” he noted.
Previously, it was reported that an infographic showing the timeline of the “new normal” era has been circulating among the public.
This timeline shows that it would come into effect on 1 June, and is expected to complete by the end of July or early August.
Secretary of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Susiwijono confirmed the authenticity of the timeline, stating that it is derived from a preliminary study by his Ministry based on the studies and the Government’s policies before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The goal is to resume all economic activities by the end of July or in August while conducting regular evaluations until the vaccine is found.
He added that his Ministry will share the full results to the public once it is finalised.