Jokowi Visits Palace Mosque in Preparation of the New Normal

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Thursday, June 4, personally monitored the preparedness of the Baiturrahman Mosque located inside the Presidential Palace Complex to hold mass congregations ahead of the planned 'new normal' phase. 

    “We can soon use the mosque for mass prayers or individual prayers,” said the president after the visit to the mosque ended. 

    He was accompanied by State Secretary Pratikno. Both wore face masks and frequently disinfect their hands that are placed in the mosque’s entrance door. 

    The mosque is where the president conducts his Friday prayers prior to the COVID-19 pandemic hit Indonesia. Houses of worship were ordered to temporarily close its doors for the public to prevent spreading the virus even further. 

    The new normal phase often promoted by the central government will open the chance to reopen houses of worship to the public, such as the State Palace mosque. 

    “We hope that through several changes, clear signs, and frequent cleansing of the mosque, we will be able to conduct Friday mass prayers again. The Baiturrahman Mosque is ready to enter the new normal,” said Jokowi. 

    EGI ADYATAMA