TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Police have been starting to secure people who are violating the physical distancing guidelines during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Jakarta Metro Police confirmed it had escorted 16 people playing in internet cafes to the police headquarters on April 3.
“At 1:30 a.m., April 3, we received reports about people gathering in internet cafes in Palmerah and Menteng, Pasar Rumput. Chief of the Criminal Investigation Directorate led the law enforcement team,” said Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus in a written statement, Friday, April 3.
The people aged between 17-30 were taken to the police headquarters in South Jakarta. “The team educated them about the principle of physical distancing,” Yusri added.
He stated that the police have been starting to conduct routine patrol in residential areas in Jakarta and surrounding areas in an effort to educate and disperse crowds amid the pandemic.
According to Yusri, the routine patrol kicks off at 8 p.m., and the police will visit 20 places a day commonly used for mass gathering, including internet cafes.
The patrol, he added, followed the order of National Police Chief Gen. Idham Azis on March 19, on banning mass events. “If there is any violation, each police officer is obliged to take action,” as noted in the circular.
M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH