No More Mask! Indonesia Ease Covid-19 Restrictions Starting Today
english.jpnn.com, JAKARTA - The COVID-19 Handling Task Force has decided to ease several restrictions related to COVID-19 handling in Indonesia from Wednesday (May 18, 2022).
The step is being taken as a follow-up to President Joko Widodo's instructions and by taking into account the controlled situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The new regulation nixes the rule for donning masks in open spaces that are not crowded with people.
It also lifts the obligation for vaccinated travelers, both domestic and international, to show COVID-19 test results, government spokesperson for COVID-19 handling, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, said at an online press conference, accessed from here on Tuesday.
However, vulnerable people and those who are feeling unwell are advised to keep their masks on to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
"With the elaboration of this presidential directive, several changes to the COVID-19 handling policy will be made, namely those related to domestic and foreign travelers, starting May 18, 2022, or tomorrow," he informed.
The spokesperson emphasized that even though the government has allowed public activities to increase, people are still being asked to get vaccinated, implement a healthy lifestyle, and comply with the COVID-19 health protocols.
"The pandemic has not officially ended as per the WHO. Of course, this decision has considered the development of cases nationally and globally and continued to pay attention to the precautionary principle," he said.
He informed that the government is striving to recover the national economy, which has been affected by the pandemic that has lasted two years.
The step is a follow-up to President Joko Widodo's instructions and by taking into account the controlled situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country
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