Jokowi Relaxes Mask Mandate; Health Minister Talks of Transition to Endemic

President Joko Widodo announced on Tuesday, May 17, that people are allowed to take off their masks in open places with no crowds. However, people are still required to wear face masks during closed room activities and public transport rides.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the reason for easing the mask mandate in open spaces is part of the transition program from pandemic to endemic. Jokowi also announced that the Covid-19 tests; PCR or Antigen, on arrival for foreign and domestic travelers will no longer be required for those who have received complete vaccination doses.