Yogyakarta Scraps Lockdown Plan, Bans Gatherings in Red Zones

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  • TEMPO.CO, Yogyakarta - The Yogyakarta Provincial Government has scrapped its plan to enforce regional lockdown. The regional government will instead tighten the micro-scale public activity restriction or known as Micro PPKM which is being enforced.

    “Various events, cultural activities, and face-to-face meetings in the red zone are prohibited starting today,” Yogyakarta Secretary Baskara Aji confirmed on Tuesday, June 22.

    Aji explained that shopping centers, restaurants, and street food stalls in the red zone must limit the number of visitors to 25 percent of the capacity at maximum. Offices in the red zone must also apply 75 percent work-from-home policy, while those in the orange and yellow zones at 50 percent. The determination of the zone status is based on the neighboring unit or community unit (RT/RW).

    Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X said residents must be vigilant of the emergence of various infection clusters due to public social activities. The Micro PPKM has not been carried out optimally, while the Covid-19 case fatality rate nearly passed the national rate of 2.7 percent.

    “The bed occupancy rate (BOR) which is at more than 60 percent exceeds the safe limit and also the capacity of healthcare workers,” said Sultan in the Kepatihan Governor’s Office.

    Sultan HB X said Yogyakarta has exercised various efforts to curb virus transmission, such as accelerating the Covid-19 vaccination, activating quarantine and isolation centers in the regencies and cities, and increasing the capacity of hospitals for Covid-19 treatment.

    Read: Yogyakarta Governor Signaling Total Lockdown to Battle Covid-19 Surge

    PRIBADI WICAKSONO (CONTRIBUTOR)