Anies Baswedan Allows Malls to Open Next Week, Conditions Apply

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has allowed markets and shopping malls to reopen starting Monday, June 15, 2020. This follows the government's decision to enact the transition from the large-scale social restriction (PSBB) to the new normal phase, which will begin on Friday, June 5, 2020.

    "The transition period starts tomorrow until it is over [undetermined time]," said Anies in an online press conference on Thursday afternoon, June 4, 2020.

    Anies added that markets and shopping malls will only be permitted to open 50 percent of the capacity of their stores or kiosks under a certain health protocol.

    Later, the government will number each store and implement an odd-even system to limit its operations.

    "Stores are permitted to operate by date. Those with an odd number can open on odd-numbered dates and those with an even number on even-numbered dates," Anies explained. "So only 50-percent of stores will operate in a day. This principle will also be adopted in all sectors," he added.

    The Jakarta administration is also determined to impose an 'emergency brake' policy during the PSBB transition period. "Meaning that, if there is an alarming case of [Covid-19] transmission in the future, the government will suspend all activities and enforce restrictions again," Anies Baswedan underlined.

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