Later Meals, THR Rules Issued, Travel Permits During Idul Fitri, Jab Delays Waived for Covid Survivors
Apr 13, 2021 | AmCham Indonesia
Restaurants Can Stay Open Until 10.30 pm
Restaurants are now permitted to be open until 10.30 pm, and also 2.00 am-4.30 am (for sahur during Ramadan) under Governor of Jakarta Decree 434/2021. Delivery services can operate 24 hours a day, and the maximum restaurant capacity for dine-in service is 50 percent.
The Ministry of Manpower has released Circular Letter M/6/HK.04/IV/2021 on 2021 Religious Holiday Allowances (THR) for Workers and Employees in Companies. Companies are expected to give the full THR amount (no installments) within seven days before the date of the religious holiday. Companies that are impacted by Covid-19 and cannot give THR within the time frame must provide evidence in the form of financial reports.
Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah said the regulation is based on the fact that the government has rolled numerous policies to assist businesses during the pandemic, and called for provincial governments to facilitate dialogue between businesses and workers if companies cannot pay THR. The dialogue does not remove the company’s obligation to pay THR to employees and workers under the terms of the regulation.
The Covid-19 Task Force has released Circular Letter 13/2021 on travel restrictions during Idul Fitri. It imposes a temporary ban on mudik (homecoming) travel, but allows travel for the following urgent non-mudik reasons: logistical services, work/official visits, visits to sick families, bereavement, pregnancy and childbirth. Each individual traveler aged 17 and above will require an exit/entry permit (SIKM), which is good for one round-trip to another region, district, province, or country.
Civil servants, state enterprise employees, military, and police officers must procure their SIKM from Echelon II officers
Private employees must receive their SIKM from the company head
Informal sector employees and the general public must receive their SIKM from their respective heads of village/district.
Screenings of Covid-19 test results and SIKM will be conducted at entry points, control points at rest areas, city borders and other gathering places. The provisions in the letter are valid from May 6 to May 17.
Reckitt, the parent company of brands including Air Wick and Dettol, has announced a three-year partnership with environmental charity WWF focusing on nature conservation. The corporation will donate £10 million to the NGO over the duration of the partnership, with three key focus areas for collaborative work.
Firstly, Reckitt will receive expertise and knowledge from WWF to help it develop products with a lower environmental footprint and with value chains that benefit communities. Secondly, the partners will leverage Reckitt’s reach to implement customer engagement programs. Finally, the partnership will fund conservation projects.
Reckitt has also signed up as a “hygiene partner” for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Covid-19 Survivors to Be Vaccinated Sooner
Ministry of Health Circular Letter No. SR.02.06/II/ 850/2021 has been released, saying Covid-19 survivors no longer have to wait for three months to receive the vaccine – they may receive the vaccine any time after they are deemed coronavirus free and healthy.
President Joko Widodo has launched the Kharisma Event Nusantara program, a national tourism calendar for 2021 to be held in 34 provinces, which he said would attract tourists and boost the beleaguered tourism industry. "I hope that through this event, the tourism sector and creative economy can recover," he said.
Financial Services Authority (OJK) Board of Commissioners Chair Wimboh Santoso has also announced that state-owned banks will provide additional working capital credits for hotel, restaurant and tourism entrepreneurs.
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The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) has released a sweeping draft regulation on telecommunications that serves as the derivative regulation for Government Regulation 5/2021 (PP 5/2021) on Implementation of Risk-Based Business Licensing, and Government Regulation 46/2021 (PP 46/2021) on Post, Telecommunications and Broadcasting. The draft was publicly released at the end of March and was targeted to be passed only a few days later, on April 2, but so far there have been no further updates on the status of the regulation.
The draft regulation provides guidelines for such areas as: the technical provisions concerning telecommunications services, infrastructure cooperation, cooperation in the International Telecommunication Transmission Subsea Cable Communication System (SKKL), business activities via the internet (over the top), customer registration, and supervision through a telecommunications operation monitoring system.
AmCham is concerned that Chapter VI requires investors in subsea cable communication systems must take a 5 percent local partner in any project. This goes against the recent abolition of the Negative Investment List and is contrary to the spirit of greater openness toward 100 percent foreign ownership in the Omnibus Job Creation Law. This clause could hurt investment in Indonesia in this vital form of infrastructure.
A further article under Chapter VI, No. 19, says that if the partnership expires or is not renewed, the foreign business could be required to hand over assets.
We are also concerned that Chapter V of the draft regulation may open the door to greater control by local telecom providers over foreign companies. We also would like greater clarity on provisions in the draft regulation with regard to the handling of customer data.
In addition, a regulation as sweeping as this in such a vital sector should be open to greater input from the private sector. We have yet to be asked to provide input, and, at a minimum, we urge the Ministry to open the draft to greater input from private companies and foreign investors.
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