Jakarta shuts 10 offices following return to strict PSBB

Workplace transmission of the coronavirus was one of the major concerns behind Jakarta’s decision to restore strict Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) in the capital, and, two days into its enforcement, a handful of offices have already been shut due to health protocol violations and new infections. 

According to the city’s Manpower Agency, since PSBB was restored on Monday, the provincial government has forced the temporary closure of 10 offices.

“Six of the offices were shut because of new COVID-19 cases [at the locations], while four others were shut for not observing health precautions,” Andri said today.

All 10 offices were ordered to shut for at least three days, during which time their facilities have to be thoroughly disinfected. 

At the conclusion of the closure order, offices that fall under a category comprising 11 essential services, which include the health, communications, and logistics sectors, among others, will be allowed to operate at a 50 percent capacity limit in accordance with PSBB rules. Non-essential offices are allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity.

Jakarta restored strict PSBB in large part to control the rise in workplace clusters. Since June, when the capital relaxed restrictions, health officials have identified new infections from hundreds of workplace clusters in the capital.

As of Sept. 15, Jakarta has recorded 56,175 COVID-19 cases, the highest number among other provinces in Indonesia. Of those, 1,450 have died, second only to East Java’s death toll of 2,832.

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