Emergency PPKM Extended, Shopping Centers Urge Govt to Grant Subsidies

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  • A number of outlets were closed and some lights were turned off during the Emergency PPKM period at The Park Sawangan, Depok, Sunday, July 4, 2021. As a level 4 area, malls and shopping centers were affected by the closing and the only ones allowed to open are pharmacy outlets, supermarkets and restaurants. TEMPO/Nurdiansah

    A number of outlets were closed and some lights were turned off during the Emergency PPKM period at The Park Sawangan, Depok, Sunday, July 4, 2021. As a level 4 area, malls and shopping centers were affected by the closing and the only ones allowed to open are pharmacy outlets, supermarkets and restaurants. TEMPO/Nurdiansah

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Chairperson of the Indonesian Shopping Center Management Association (APPBI), Alphonzus Widjaja said that the extension of the Emergency PPKM will further complicate the business conditions of shopping centers.

    "Therefore, the need of relaxation and subsidies for shopping centres that has been requested is increasingly pressing," said Alphonzus in a written statement, Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

    APPBI urged the government to immediately provide exemptions of costs that are still charged by the government even though the government asks shopping centers to close or only operate on a very limited basis.

    The relaxation and subsidies that have been requested by shopping centers to the government include temporarily eliminating the rule of minimum usage for electricity and gas.

    In addition, temporarily abolishing Land and Building Tax (PBB), Advertising Tax and other taxes or levies that are permanent. "also to subsidize workers' wages by 50 percent," said Alphonzus.

    Shopping centers also hope that during the extension of the Emergency PPKM, the government can ensure strict, disciplined and consistent implementation of the Health Protocol.

    "Because it is very worrying that the Emergency PPKM could last a long time because the current spread of the Covid-19 outbreak has occurred at a very micro level, namely in the smallest environment and community in people's lives," said Alphonzus.

    The government has officially extended the implementation of restrictions on community activities or Emergency PPKM until July 25, 2021. Economic activity will be relaxed on July 26, 2021 if the average daily addition of Covid-19 positive cases shows improvement.

    President Joko Widodo explained that the decision to extend the Emergency PPKM was taken after the government evaluated the implementation of the Emergency PPKM which began on July 3, 2021.

    Read also: Introducing New Covid-19 Restriction Terms; PPKM Level 4, Level 3

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