Jakartans traveling throughout the city are more likely to bump into roadblocks starting today as the police step up measures to limit mobility in the capital.
The Jakarta Metro Police, which has been setting up roadblocks throughout the Greater Jakarta Area in conjunction with the Emergency Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (Emergency PPKM), is expanding the measure to now include 100 checkpoints in Jakarta as well as its satellite cities.
The capital's main commercial thoroughfare Sudirman-Thamrin in Central Jakarta has the highest concentration of roadblocks with 27 checkpoints set up throughout the stretch of the two roads, covering Senayan Roundabout, Semanggi, and Hotel Indonesia Roundabout among them.
Dozens of checkpoints have also been set up on toll roads connecting Jakarta and its satellite cities.
The Jakarta Metro Police said that from 6am to 10am, employees of companies in essential and critical sectors are permitted to drive through the checkpoints provided they have the STRP pass. From 10am to 10pm, only healthcare workers and emergency vehicles are allowed to pass through the checkpoints.
Enforcement at the checkpoints are relaxed from 10pm to 6am. The Jakarta Metro Police also acknowledged that it doesn't have the capability to enforce mobility restrictions on thousands of the capital's smaller roads.
Emergency PPKM is in effect until at least July 20, but there have been reports that it will be extended by up to six weeks as Indonesia's COVID-19 wave shows no signs of slowing down.