TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government decided to cut short the collective leave days schedule from seven to two days in an effort to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 caused by the people’s mobility on holidays.
“In the previous Joint Decree (SKB), there are 7 joint leave days. After review, the joint leave days have been cut from initially seven to only two days,” said Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy on Monday, February 22.
This year’s joint leave days which are removed included March 12 as a joint leave for Isra Mi’raj of Prophet Muhammad, May 17, 18, and 19 as joint leave for Eid al-Fitr, and December 27 as a joint leave for Christmas.
The two joint leave days remaining are one day before Eid al-Fitri on May 12 and one day before Christmas on December 24.
Muhadjir said the government was mulling to give one joint leave day after Eid al-Fitr and one day after Christmas to help ease the police in monitoring the people’s mobility.
According to him, the government was determined to slash the holidays given the rising Covid-19 curve despite various efforts having been carried out to flatten it. Besides, the number of cases tended to rise after long holidays.
The reduction of the 2021 collective leave days was made following the meeting led by Muhadjir Effendy with heads of several ministries and related officials.