Indonesians are not allowed to do local "mudik". What does that mean? (Image via Warta Ekonomi)

Jakarta: No homecoming during the pandemic!

The Government of Jakarta asserted that there is no plan to allow homecoming or “mudik” for the 2020 Eid Al-Fitr holiday during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The statement contradicted what the police had said that people in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) are allowed to go home to their hometown.

The Head of Transportation Agency, Syafrin Liputo, stated that all homecomings, including local homecoming, are restricted as the COVID-19 outbreak has not shown any alleviation.

Previously, the police decided to loosen the restriction for people in the Jabodetabek regions. They said that local homecoming is allowed as long as they maintain self-hygiene and large scale social distancing (PSBB). Local homecoming means that they are allowed to travel inter-Jabodetabek. Exiting Jabodetabek is still a now.

Speaking on Friday, Liputo said that the Jakarta Government is still adhering to the PSBB regulations as regulated in Health Ministerial Regulation No. 9 of 2020 on PSBB’s Guidelines and Gubernatorial Decree (Pergub) No. 33 of 2020 on PSBB’s implementation.

Written in Article 18 Paragraph 1 of Pergub No. 33/2020, all mobility, both people and goods, are temporarily restricted, except for daily basic needs and activities allowed during PSBB, including healthcare, security, and defense.

PSBB will end on 31 May, and recently, regulation on homecoming is getting loosened. For example, people are allowed to do mudik on an emergency condition and having received permits from three instances: COVID-19 task force, Transportation Agency, and Police.