Jakarta Tightens Concert Permit Process as COVID-19 Rises

10 November 2022 15:17 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaActing Jakarta Governor Heru Budi Hartono has decided to tighten the permit process for music festivals to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. He said one of the tightening measures is related to visitors’ capacity.

“For example, the venue is enough for 100 [people], so it should not be for 100 people but is reduced to 60 or 70,” said Heru Budi after leading the commemoration ceremony of the 2022 Heroes' Day at the National Monument or Monas, Jakarta, Thursday, November 10, 2022, as quoted from Antara.

Heru added that he had asked the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency that issued music concert permits to review the audience's capacity.

As of Wednesday, November 9, 2022, the Health Agency reported via corona.jakarta.go.id that the positive case number of COVID-19 increased to 2,557.

Meanwhile, the number of active cases reached 1,636. The number of patients who have recovered also rose by 918.

The tightening of the permit process was taken following the overcrowded concert of Berdendang Bergoyang Festival.

Central Jakarta Police Chief Sr. Comr. Komarudin explained that the festival’s organizing committee sold about 27,000 tickets, while in the issued permit, the number of spectators was far below the number of sold tickets. 

As a result, dozens of spectators fainted on the first day of the three-day event on October 28, 2022. The police thus canceled the second and third days' concerts.

The police also named two suspects, HA as the person in charge of the Berdendang Bergoyang Festival and DP as the event’s director.

ANTARA

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