Jakarta Plans to Stop Public Events as Coronavirus Cases Climb



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The city’s Capital Investment and One-Stop Service (PM-PTSP) announced it plans to postpone public events with mass-gatherings from March to April following the climbing number of COVID-19 or coronavirus cases to 27. 

    “For the moment it is from March to April,” said the PM-PTSP Chairperson Benni Aguscandra on Tuesday, March 10. However, he noted that the postponing could possibly be extended depending on the situation. 

    “Yes, if the situation gets worse it will likely be extended. But we hope for the best. We will determine future mitigations,” said Benni.

    Moreover, Benni said that Governor Anies Baswedan will soon announce the plan in the form of formal policies. He also said that permits for activities that could potentially gather large crowds of people could be temporarily halted in order to suppress the spread of the coronavirus. 

    Examples of such events are movie production activities, public bazaars, contests, and sports events and other similar events that involve a large crowd gathering in one condensed area.

    This move by the Jakarta Capital Investment and One-Stop Service complies with the Instruction No.27/2020 on mitigating and monitoring of the coronavirus spread that was ratified on March 3.