COVID-19 is present across Indonesia and the spread is not yet under control, with especially high rates in Jakarta and East Java. Indonesia's economy is feeling the impact of COVID-19, with fluctuations in the rupiah's exchange rate, reduced consumer spending and a decline in foreign investment levels.
Indonesia has taken measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Most provinces are encouraging social distancing, almost all schools are closed and people have been asked to work from home if possible.
The Indonesian Government has now introduced a “new normal” policy that will allow some cities and regencies to reopen the economy. The decision for reopening is made based on an assessment of a set of criteria from the COVID-19 Task Force.
Jakarta has already begun to ease the ‘large scale social limitations’ (known as PSBB) policy. Offices, public places and malls have reopened – but are restricted to 50% capacity. The policy will be evaluated on 30 June. Elsewhere in Indonesia, Surabaya in East Java has been declared as a “black zone” by authorities due to the high number of positive cases. Despite this, the city has also begun transitioning to the “new normal” due to pressure from factories and businesses to reopen.