TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The new year’s eve festivity a few weeks away will certainly be different from previous years due to the global COVID-19 pandemic restricting the public’s general mobility. This is why the Jakarta tourism and creative economy board on Monday issued a circular banning any type of activities celebrating the changing year that could potentially generate crowds.
The circular coded 400/SE/2200 oversees the operations of businesses in the tourism industry during the new year’s eve and requests permitted businesses to abide by Jakarta’s health protocol. City administrators have confirmed that it will not organize massive-scale celebrations and will redirect the funds towards the mitigation of the pandemic.
“The operations of businesses that are permitted to operate are asked to abide by existing regulations,” the letter stated.
Independent COVID-19 task force teams in hotels and restaurants are called to enforce authority, monitor, and guarantee that people will continue to respect the health protocols. The Jakarta administration also assures firm sanctions for any type of health protocol breaches.
In previous years, Jakarta’s most popular destinations upon celebrating the new year’s eve are Monas (national monument) in central Jakarta, HI Roundabout, and Ancol.
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