Explainer: What’s allowed and what’s not in Indonesia’s ‘mudik’ ban

first_imgExemptions from the banThe mudik ban comes with several exceptions for certain vehicles and conditions. In land transportation, operational vehicles and trains for logistics, goods, medicines and medical equipment transportation as well as firefighter vehicles, ambulance and hearses are still allowed to move freely.High-ranking officials, the COVID-19 task force officers, government operational officers, the Indonesian Army, the National Police as well as toll road officials may still travel on duty.Land and railway transportation operating within an agglomeration area, such as Greater Jakarta, can continue operations with strict implementation of physical distancing rules.Read also: I prefer it in cash: Passengers, travel agents upset over airline refund policyGreater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) head Polana B. Pramesti said people were allowed to travel within Greater Jakarta using private vehicles and public transportation.“The operation of public transportation within Greater Jakarta is allowed,” she stated.In air transportation, flights for high-ranking officials, state guests and representatives of international organizations and foreign consulates and embassies in Indonesia as well as repatriation, law enforcement and emergency services flights are exempted from the ban.Airport operations, however, remain normal to serve cargo flights and a few passenger flights that enter and leave areas outside PSBB, red zones and agglomeration areas.  At sea, the regulation exempts passenger ships for repatriation, logistics, state and medical services as well as regular ships that travel within agglomeration areas. Last year, around 18 million people traveled using public transportation during the seven days before and after Idul Fitri. As many as 5.41 million people traveled by air, 2.85 million by land transportation, 1.17 million by sea transportation, 6.20 million by rail and 2.51 million by ferries.However, the ban has caused some confusion among would-be passengers, operators and transportation companies, as the regulation was made public a day after the announcement while at the same time the ministry’s officials made several changes in their statements.The Jakarta Post summarizes key takeaways from the regulation to help clear up any confusion. Mudik ban coverage area The ban applies to the use of private cars and motorcycles, public busses, trains, ships, ferries and chartered and scheduled flights entering and leaving areas that have imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), red zone areas and agglomeration areas.An agglomeration area is a group of closely connected neighboring areas with one or several of them having implemented the PSBB or been declared a red zone. An example of this is Greater Jakarta, which consists of Jakarta and its satellite cities Tangerang in Banten as well as Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java.Read also: COVID-19: ‘Mudik’ ban catches travelers flat-footedGreater Bandung, which consists of Bandung city, Bandung regency and Cimahi city in West Java, is also categorized as an agglomeration area.As of April 27, as many as two provinces and 22 regencies/cities have implemented the PSBB, which include Greater Jakarta, Greater Bandung, Tegal in Central Java, Surabaya, Sidoarjo and Gresik in East Java and Makassar in South Sulawesi. COVID-19 cases have been found in all 34 provinces of Indonesia and in 249 of 514 regencies/cities. The Transportation Ministry has temporarily restricted passenger travel during the period of April 24 until May 31 in an effort to prevent an Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) as the country struggles to contain the spread of COVID-19 across the archipelago.The mudik ban, which is based on Transportation Ministry Regulation No. 25/2020 signed by acting minister Luhut Pandjaitan on April 23, applies to all types of mass transportation as well as to private vehicles and is seen as crucial to prevent the coronavirus from spreading from the epicenter of Jakarta and West Java to other regions of the country. The mudik is an important annual tradition for most people in the Muslim-majority country to celebrate Ramadan and Idul Fitri, which falls in late May this year.Read also: Jasa Marga to close Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road following ‘mudik’ bancenter_img International travelThe mudik ban applies to domestic travel only and does not affect international travel.Civil Aviation Director General Novie Riyanto said on April 24 that people were still allowed to travel overseas since the regulation on the mudik was only applicable to domestic passenger travel.Read also: ‘Mudik’ ban adds misery to already hurting airlines, bus companies“Yes, [international travel] is allowed as long as the destination countries are still accepting passengers from Indonesia,” he said. Novie also said that all Indonesians overseas who wanted to return to Indonesia were allowed to fly in.Passengers line up at Senen Train Station in Jakarta on Thursday to request refunds for their purchased tickets. The Transportation Ministry will restrict all passenger travel starting on Friday. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Ticket refundsThe regulation requires all airlines and transportation operators and companies to refund in full any tickets issued for travel within the period of the ban. The refund can be in form of cash, credit points, ticket vouchers or other forms agreed by the companies and passengers.The passengers also have the option to reschedule or reroute their cancelled tickets free of charge. Law enforcement To oversee the implementation of the ban, the Transportation Ministry, along with the National Police Traffic Corps, have established checkpoints at certain locations, such as toll gates, passenger bus terminals, seaports and airports, to prevent any illegal travel. Police officers monitor vehicles in the checkpoint of Jakarta-Cikampek toll road KM 31 in Bekasi regency, West Java on Friday, April 24, 2020. (kompas.com/Kristianto Purnomo)The officials will instruct car drivers trying to leave a PSBB, red zone or agglomeration area during the period of April 24 to May 7 to return to their point of departure. Starting on May 8, drivers of such cars will get additional sanctions “in accordance with the prevailing law”.Ships operators and airlines that violate the ban will be charged with sanctions that range from written reprimand to a revocation of licenses.Topics :last_img read more

Wellington girls place 5th in cross country meet, over 585 runners at Hargis Saturday

first_imgTylerBrown1st6.30Yes 8th Grade Boys  – 1  1/2  miles DaneMonger8th7.38Yes 7th Grade Girls – 1 mile 6th Grade Boys – 1  mile Varsity Girls – 4K JoeFriesen36th20.12Yes 7th Grade Boys  – 1 mile JuliaPeck39th20.40 Jr.Varsity Girls – 2 miles MackinzeTracy37th20.14 Freshman Boys – 2 miles IsaiahRogers4th13.11Yes CabreilRoe27th18.57Yes HoustonSober53rd21.50 JacobMcDonald24th9.37Yes GracieDefore17th17.24 RaeawnaNutt11th7.50 JaedynLedesma12th17.20Yes JuanChandler11th14.23 BillyWalker5th6.53Yes TylerBenson7th13.33Yes JoTredway28th18.59Yes NickHawkins9th14.03Yes JacobFriesen86th7.36 WillLong21st15.26 LaurenScheufler21st18.01Yes Top 10 Medals  awardedcenter_img Top 10 Medals awarded by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In one of the biggest sporting events of the year, the Crusader girls cross country team place fifth at the Wellington Invitational Cross Country varsity meet held at Hargis Creek Watershed on Saturday.There were 585 runners from sixth grade to seniors in what WHS coach Charles Wallace called the largest meets Wellington ever had.Of those 585 runners, 23 WHS runners took home medals, 16 runners finished in the top 10 and two Wellington runners took first place.Jaedyn Ledesma right finishes first.Wellington finished with 125 points. Jaedyn Ledesma placed 12th at 17.20 as the highest Wellington finisher.Tyler Brown finishes first in the sixth grade boys.In sixth grade boys, Tyler Brown was a first place winner! Lindsey Scheufler was the first place winner in the sixth grade girls. Kylie Aufdengarten was second with the exact same score.Avery Osen of Winfield won the boys high school division with a 17.07 mark. Carly Flake of Andover 15.58 won the girls event at 15:58.Winfield boys were the winners with 32 points. Valley Center girls also finished with the top score of 32 points.“The weather was great for running and the Wellington runners did a great job,” Wallace said.The Wellington results are as follows:Varsity Boys – 5K WilliamDaily21stNT JacobJohnson54th21.51 LindseyScheufler1st6.49Yes MackenzieHeacock7th7.18Yes HunterBryant15th8.11 SethTunnell19th15.16 EliseLeGrand4th7.15Yes 6th Grade Girls- 1 mileTimePlaceMedal JohnWillis10th13.45Yes MontanaHeacock12th7.14 AveryBarker5th7.17Yes Novice Boys – 2 miles MattRinehart47th6.51 KennedeeLara9th7.39Yes KylieAufdengarten2nd6.49Yes McKennaJones3rd7.08Yes BlayzMarshall52nd10.44 TristtonTracy45th21.43 ZaneCornejo10th7.11Yes ReeseHeasty24th7.31Yes SkylerCrittenden18th15.09 BrentWilliams3rd13.06Yes QuinnMcCue22nd9.17 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more