The Indonesian Police Department has announced that the current domestic travel ban has been extended for seven more days.
The Head of Operations from the Police Department, Kombes Pol Rudy Antariksawan confirmed that the travel ban is extended until the 24th of May 2021. “The domestic travel ban that was planned to end by the 17th of May has been extended until the 24th of May 2021.” Kombes Pol Rudy said on Friday (14/5). He also said that any caught violating this policy will be sent home.
As The Bali Sun previously reported the central government decided to implement this travel ban policy to prevent a surge of Covid-19 cases during the holiday season, especially when the preparation of reopening the international travel corridor is in its final stages. Kombes Pol Rudy also explained that the officers are prepared with 381 different guard houses that are spread out to ensure that no one can travel while the ban is in place.
Meanwhile, The Head of the Indonesian Police Department, General Listyo Sigit Prabowo stated that the travel ban policy was implemented to reduce Covid-19 transmission, especially to senior citizens who have higher risk of having stronger symptoms once they are infected. “I just hope that the people can understand the current situation that we’re facing. This policy was made to protect our people, especially the senior citizens, so the mortality rate from Covid-19 could be reduced.” General Listyo concluded.