TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Metro Police suggested the public perform Eid al-Fitr prayers at home in order to prevent coronavirus transmission that caused Covid-19.
“If possible, perform Eid prayers at home. That will not reduce the meaning of the prayer itself,” said the regional police head of operation bureau Sr. Comr. Marsudianto at the Jakarta Police HQ on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
He said that police only issued advice according to the health protocols for preventing Covid-19.
“This is solely to maintain health. We don’t want what occurs in India that has Covid-19 tsunami and now in Malaysia also. We don’t expect it,” he underlined.
However, Marsudianto said the decision belongs to the people because performing the prayers in mosques is not prohibited. “It’s up to the people. If they believe that it is okay [to perform prayers] in mosques, we will allow it,” he added.
Earlier, Governor Anies Baswedan appealed to citizens of the capital to carry out Eid prayers in an open site as an effort to prevent Covid-19 transmission. He also warned the people to adhere to the predetermined health protocols.