The Community Activities Restrictions Enforcement (PPKM) regulation, which has been going on since January 11, 2021, was officially revoked by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) starting Friday (30/12/2022). Signs of the end of the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia?
“Through considerations based on the available figures, today the government has decided to revoke PPKM regulation,” said Jokowi at the State Palace, Jakarta, Friday (30/12/2022).
Jokowi reasoned that the Covid-19 pandemic situation in Indonesia had slumped, reflecting on the daily cases of Covid-19 on 27 December 2022, which were only 1.7 cases per 1 million population. He said the weekly positivity rate was also at 3.3 percent, then the bed occupancy rate was 4.79 percent, and the death rate was 2.39 percent.
This figure, said Jokowi, was below the standards of the World Health Organization, so the government decided to stop PPKM.
“So there are no more restrictions on crowds and people’s movements,” he said.
The PPKM revocation will be stated in the Minister of Home Affairs Instruction Numbers 50 and 51 of 2022.
On the other hand, Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) spokesperson Mohammad Syahril said the work-from-home (WFH) policy may no longer be enforced following the lifting of restrictions on community activities (PPKM).
Meanwhile, WFH is an alternative to replacing the working-from-office mechanism that has been enforced by every company since the Covid-19 pandemic emerged in March 2020.
“So what has been lifted from the PPKM is just the restrictions, for example, we no longer need WFH, there are no more restrictions for us going to malls and so on,” said Syahril in an online media discussion, Friday (30/12/2022).
Even so, Syahril reminded us that the revocation of PPKM does not mean lifting the health emergency.
Health protocols such as wearing masks and carrying out vaccinations to complete doses need to get used, especially when people are in crowds.
“We only regulate one thing, that if we enter in a crowd, then in the public transportation section and so on, we have to be vaccinated,” said Syahril.
Syahril said this method was part of the government’s efforts to protect and make the public aware that the pandemic still existed.
Syahril then asked the public to remain vigilant. This is because there will always be the potential for new variants of Covid-19 to emerge if all parties do not implement health protocols. The lifting of PPKM does not mean that people are free not to wear masks.