The Semarang Police has banned the use of firecrackers and fireworks to celebrate Christmas 2021 and New Year’s 202.
In addition, to predict the peak of Covid-19 transmission, the Police also prohibits large number of vehicle parades/convoys.
In this case, it has been regulated in Permendagri Number 66 of 2021 and has followed the instructions of the Regent of Semarang Number 34 of 2021 regarding the Prevention of Covid 19 on Christmas 2021 and New Year 2022.
Semarang Police Chief AKBP Yovan Fatika HA, SIK MH emphasized that any violation of the prohibition will be carried out in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
“The burning of firecrackers is a threat to the safety of life, fire, and the security of conflicts, brawls, and riots,” said the Police Chief, Wednesday (29 December 2021).
Therefore, the Police Chief invites the entire community to work hand in hand to maintain security and order during the 2021 Christmas and 2022 New Year celebrations by not crowding and lighting firecrackers, fireworks and fireworks.
In addition, according to the Police Chief, crowds can cause the spread of Covid 19. Moreover, it is not accompanied by the implementation of strict health protocols.
Therefore, the Government anticipates a potential spike in Covid-19 cases at the end of the year, including through the implementation of the Policy for the Enforcement of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) throughout Indonesia.
“What are prohibited are parades, fireworks and processions with large crowds,” he said.
In addition, later on December 31, 2021, there will also be closing of the square in a number of places including the Bung Karno Square, Ungaran Square, Tambakboyo Square and the Gor Pandanaran Wujil neighborhood.
“We have coordinated with relevant agencies and the manager of the place to close according to the regent’s instructions to prevent the spread of covid 19 in Semarang district,” he concluded.