TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Public Order Agency or Satpol PP Chief Arifin confirmed that the closure ceremony of McDonald's outlet in Sarinah, Central Jakarta, or known as McDonald's Sarinah, held Sunday night, May 10, violated the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB).
“It is clear that the event violates the PSBB order which restricts people from gathering in public places,” said Arifin via a text message on Monday, May 11.
According to him, the management of the American franchise’s first-ever branch in Indonesia deliberately established a closing ceremony and invited people to join the event. “I have reprimanded the event’s organizer,” Arifin added.
The event was also dissolved immediately as its implementation contrasted the policy on physical distancing. “We, along with the Military (TNI), disperse them.”
Arifin then appealed to all elements to comply with the government’s orders, hoping such events would not happen again during the social restrictions period. “So this pandemic will end soon,” he remarked.
The fast-food restaurant located on Jalan MH Thamrin was Indonesia’s first McDonald's outlet that had operated since February 23, 1991. McDonald’s Indonesia explained that the closure was based on the demand of Sarinah management that planned to perform a massive renovation.