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Jakarta temporarily closes eight workplaces on first day of PSBB

Jakarta Post - September 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration forced eight companies to close temporarily during inspections on Monday to curb the transmission of COVID-19.

Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency head Andri Yansyah said the authorities had found several employees at five of the companies testing positive for the coronavirus disease. Meanwhile, the three other companies were shut for failure to implement strict health protocol.

"Of 64 companies inspected, eight were forced to temporarily shut down," he said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

Andri, however, did not elaborate on the number of employees testing positive for COVID-19. He only revealed that the three companies that had failed to implement health protocol were located in South Jakarta and East Jakarta.

The agency ordered the companies to stop operating for three days, as mandated by Gubernatorial Regulation No. 29/2020 on COVID-19 sanctions.

The provincial administration had reimposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on Monday to contain the spread of COVID-19, as the number of cases kept surging across the capital. The restrictions will remain in place until Sept. 27 and may be extended beyond that.

During the PSBB, workplaces in 11 essential sectors – including health, food, energy, communications, finance, logistics and daily needs retail – are only allowed to operate at 50 percent of their usual capacity.

Meanwhile private companies outside these sectors as well as government offices must implement work-from-home policies and allow no more than 25 percent of their employees to work at the office at the same time.

According to official figures, Jakarta – the country's epicenter of the coronavirus disease – has confirmed 56,175 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, with 1,450 deaths. (trn)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/09/15/jakarta-temporarily-closes-eight-workplaces-on-first-day-of-psbb.html