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Jakarta Response to COVID-19 Outbreak: A Timeline

Aditya Gagat Hanggara

29 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic was officially declared to have transmitted in Indonesia on March 2, 2020, with the first two positive cases. But did you know that the Government of Jakarta has implemented anticipatory measures on the coronavirus outbreak since January 2020? Yes, here, you can see a comprehensive timeline of the government's response from the beginning of the year to this day. The good news is you can also find the timeline here on complete with legal basis and supporting data from each policy.

22-24 January

Jakarta Department of Health and Ministry of Health of Republic of Indonesia Cooperate to Increase Alertness to Coronavirus

The Health Department of Jakarta is raising awareness of the emergence of the new coronavirus (nCov) 2019 virus and strengthening cooperation with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia. The cooperation includes placing a thermal scanner at national entrances such as airports and ports and providing standardized Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical workers. 

28 February

Governor Anies Baswedan Asks All Provincial Government Officers to Increase Risk Awareness of Coronavirus Transmission

The Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, instructed the entire ranks of the Provincial Government to start taking steps to prevent the transmission of coronavirus infection which has now been officially named as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The instructions given are also listed in Governor's Instruction No. 16 of 2020.

March 2

Government of Jakarta Formed COVID-19 Response Team

To improve monitoring and supervision, Governor Anies Baswedan formed Jakarta's COVID-19 Response Team based at the Health Office in Central Jakarta. On the same occasion, Anies also committed to the openness of the government in every step to prevent corona outbreaks.

"The Government of Jakarta will always provide updates in a transparent manner, as it is, to also give confidence to the public that the Government of Jakarta is doing everything we can to protect its citizens," Anies said.

Meanwhile, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, announced the first two domestic cases of COVID-19 in the country. The two patients, a mother, and her daughter have a history of contact with foreigners from Japan who were confirmed positive for corona earlier.

March 3

Re-evaluation of Crowd Permits


With the risk of coronavirus transmission that can occur in a crowd, the Government of Jakarta has stopped issuing crowd gathering permits in the capital. The provincial government is also reviewing permits that have already been issued.

March 6 Website Goes Live

Responding to requests from the public for up-to-date and reliable information about the development of the COVID-19 case in Jakarta, the Provincial Government together with the COVID-19 Response Team launched its official channel in the form of the microsite at

[A Closer Look at Features on]

"On this channel, the public can access Governor Instruction documents, official press releases, and infographics that contain information related to Provincial Government services. And complete information has been provided on COVID-19 including information regarding People Under Monitoring, as well as Provincial Government's actions and services related to COVID-19 Response," said the Head of the Jakarta Department of Communication, Information, and Statistics, Atika Nur Rahmania.

March 11

Postponement of Car-Free Day


Before living in the midst of a corona pandemic, a car-free day (HBKB) has become one of the most anticipated Sunday activities for many Jakarta families. However, to reduce the potential of physical contact in public spaces and to prevent transmission, the provincial government has decided to indefinitely postpone car-free day since mid-March 2020.

March 14

Closing School to Curb Transmission Through Children

In an effort to prevent the spread of outbreaks through children who have the potential to become carriers of the virus, Governor Anies Baswedan decided to transfer teaching and learning activities from school to home. The Jakarta Department of Education (Disdik) also released Letter No. 32 of 2020 concerning Home Learning during COVID-19.

March 15

Modification of Jakarta Public Transportation Services

Jakarta as the economic center of Indonesia attracts large numbers of workers from satellite cities. Therefore, to prevent transmission in tight public spaces such as the inside of buses and trains, the Government of Jakarta has modified its public transportation services, including MRT, LRT, and Transjakarta. Changes include limiting routes as well as passenger capacity to enable the application of social distancing rules.

March 19

Temporary Restriction of Religious Activities in Worship Places


Another step taken by the Provincial Government to prevent crowds during a pandemic is to temporarily restrict religious activities in worship places. Including Friday prayers at the mosque, church mass on Sundays, and Nyepi activities.

March 20

Termination of Office and Tourism Industry Activities

Governor Anies Baswedan issued Governor Call No. 6 of 2020 concerning the temporary suspension of office activities following the widespread of the corona outbreak in Jakarta. Meanwhile, several entertainment and tourist places that are usually were also closed as anticipatory measures.

April 9

First Period of Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB)

Under the legal protection of Governor Regulation No. 33 of 2020, Governor Anies Baswedan imposed a Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) in Jakarta for the first time. During the PSBB period, people were again advised not to travel outside the home except for essential and medical needs. The government also provides exceptions to 11 sectors that are allowed to continue operating, including health, communication, and finance.

[Important Things to Know During PSBB Period in Jakarta]

April 16

Governor's Decree Regarding Social Aid During PSBB


On April 16, 2020, Governor Anies Baswedan issued Governor Decree No. 386 of 2020 concerning the distribution of social aid to 1,194,633 households who had difficulty meeting basic needs during the PSBB period.

30 April

Government of Jakarta Launches Large-Scale Social Collaboration (KSBB)

During the holy month of Ramadan, the Government of Jakarta officially launches the Large-scale Social Collaboration (KSBB) program as a medium for residents to help others. In the KSBB, the government only acts as a liaison for people who want to give aid to vulnerable citizens affected by the coronavirus outbreak and certain other locations.

5 May

Government Collaborates with Citizens Through the JDCN

The spirit of cooperation which has become the culture of the people of Jakarta was revived when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the capital. The government also invites the participation of citizens through the Corona Response Collaboration program managed by the JDCN network. Here, residents can contribute as volunteers or provide the equipment needed by medical personnel to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

May 17

Instruction for Citizens to Not 'Mudik'

As a continued effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission, the provincial government has again issued a recommendation and policy designed to limit the movement of residents outside the home during Eid al-Fitr festivities. In addition to that, the government also started to regulate entrance-exit permits (SIKM) for residents outside the Greater Jakarta area.

May 19

Guide for Eid al-Fitr Prayer at Home during COVID-19

To prevent the emergence of new cases during the Lebaran holiday, the Government of Jakarta also recommended Muslims in the capital to not hold Eid al-Fitr Prayer in a congregation in mosques or fields. The Indonesian Ulema Council has also allowed Eid prayers at home through the issuance of fatwas and guidance on Eid prayers in the middle of a pandemic.

The direction of the future development is inseparable from the responsibilities of all people in Jakarta. So, stay vigilant and don't let our guard down so that the rate of spread of COVID-19 can continue to be suppressed!

Jakarta Covid-19 Response

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Aditya Gagat Hanggara

Aditya Gagat adalah lulusan Teknik Informatika dari Binus University yang saat ini menjadi salah satu Content Writer di Jakarta Smart City. Gemar mengamati isu transportasi, olahraga, teknologi dan sains, ia memulai karier Jurnalistik bersama media internasional pada 2016-2019. Saat ini ia terfokus pada topik kesehatan, khususnya mengenai penanggulangan pandemi Covid-19 di wilayah DKI Jakarta.

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