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Prohibition of Homecoming to Anticipate an Increase in New Covid-19 Cases

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By: Aditya Akbar) *

This year, the nomads have to endure longing with their families because the government has officially banned homecoming activities during this year’s Eid al-Fitr holiday period in order to suppress the spread of Covid-19.

The government officially prohibits Lebaran2021 homecoming during the period 6-17 May 2021. Prohibited trips are trips across cities / regencies / provinces / countries within a predetermined time frame.

The rules are contained in circular number 13 of 2021 concerning the elimination of the Idul Fitri 1442 Hijriah Homecoming Day and Efforts to Control the Spread of Covid-19.

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, especially for logistics distributors and travelers with urgent needs for non-travelers, such as official travel, visits from sick families, visits from bereaved family members, assistance for pregnant women and the need for childbirth.

However, to be able to travel, they are required to bring a printed travel permit or exit / entry permit (SIKM). SIKM itself is a requirement for people living outside Jabodetabek to leave / enter the DKI Jakarta area.

For employees of agencies such as ASN, employees of BUMN, BUMD, TNI and Polri, they are required to attach a written permission letter from an echelon II level official equipped with a wet signature / electronic signature of the official and the identity of the prospective traveler.

For private employees, it is mandatory to attach a written permit from the leadership of the company which is equipped with a wet signature / electronic signature of the company manager as well as the identity of the prospective traveler.

For informal sector workers, it is mandatory to attach a written permit from the Village Head / Lurah which is equipped with a wet signature / electronic signature of the Village Head / Lurah as well as the identity of the prospective traveler.

For the non-working general public, attach a written permit from the Village Head / Lurag equipped with a wet signature / electronic signature of the Village Head / Lurah as well as the identity of the prospective traveler.

The permit is valid individually for one round trip across cities, districts, provinces and countries. the letter is mandatory for travelers aged 17 years and over.

The screening of the permit document, along with the negative Covid-19 certificate, is carried out at the arrival gate or control post located in rest areas, big city borders and agglomeration area isolation points.

Agglomeration itself is an integrated area consisting of several interconnected city or regency centers.

Especially for land transportation modes. Director General of land transportation of the Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) Budi Setiyadi said vehicles prohibited from traveling on May 6 to 17 are public motorized vehicles with buses and passengers, as well as individual motorized vehicles with passenger cars, buses and motorbikes and ships. river, lake and ferry transportation.

Budi stated that his party would give sanctions to people who still violated this rule. He said that the sanctions that will be enforced together with the police as last year, first for people who use the vehicle and then prove they do not meet the requirements to travel, will be reversed.

Meanwhile, specifically for travel vehicles or individual transportation used to transport passengers, the police will take firm action in the form of tickets and other actions in accordance with existing laws.

Meanwhile, the exceptions for vehicles for crossings that can still be used to be transported by ferry boats are vehicles for carrying logistics or basic necessities, vehicles for transporting drugs and medical devices, as well as vehicles for transporting operational officers as well as covid-19 handling officers, firefighters. , ambulances and hearses.

Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi also revealed a number of reasons for the government to decide to ban Eid homecoming again this year. This is reflected in last year’s experience.

He explained that the government saw a phenomenon that occurred during the Christmas and New Year holidays. At that time there was no prohibition on going home. In the end, after the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Covid-19 cases jumped drastically.

Another reason, based on records from the Ministry of Health, is that Covid-19 is very risky for the elderly, because it can cause serious symptoms. So that if going home is allowed, it has the potential to increase transmission to the elderly.

This decision is of course a dilemma, because the culture of gathering with family during Eid has become a tradition that is difficult to break. However, this policy was taken to reduce the potential for an increase in Covid-19 cases in Indonesia.

) * The author is a contributor to the Pertiwi Institute

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