JAKARTA — Indonesia is making final preparations to reopen the economy, with stringent protocols to establish a “new normal” amid the Covid-19 pandemic. President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has deployed security forces to ensure physical distancing measures are adhered to by citizens, according to the Jakarta Post.
He visited several locations here and in West Java on Tuesday to observe preparations being made to reopen the economy.
“TNI (the military) and police personnel will be deployed in crowded places to make sure society continues to abide by the health protocols,” he said at a press conference after a visit to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle mass rapid transit station.
They would be deployed in four provinces and 25 regencies and cities, said Jokowi. Jokowi later visited the Summarecon Mall in Bekasi, West Java.
“I came to Bekasi to ensure our readiness for the ‘new normal’ as we want to stay productive while remaining protected from the virus.”
On May 20, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto signed a set of policies on the prevention and control of Covid-19 in offices and factories, which would allow businesses to be reopened.
“We should keep the wheels of our economy running. That’s why workplaces must prepare to adapt to changes.”
These included ensuring sufficient hand-washing facilities, checking employees’ temperatures, requiring employees to wear masks, keeping one metre of distance between employees, minimising physical interaction with customers and avoiding crowds, he said.
Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry deputy chairman Shinta Kamdani said reopening businesses was necessary to help cash-strapped establishments recover. Indonesian Shopping Centre Association chairman Stefanus Ridwan said malls would limit the number of visitors to just half of the normal number and would maintain safe distances in restaurants.