Jakarta shuts down Car Free Day


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  • Friday, 26 Jun 2020

Ongoing testing: A healthcare worker in protective gear collecting a swab sample to be tested for Covid-19 from a vendor at a traditional market in Jakarta. — Reuters

The Car Free Day in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta was shut down again to rein in the spread of Covid-19 after large crowds turned up during the event.

“Temporarily, the Car Free Day on Sudirman and Thamrin streets is shut down,” head of the Jakarta Transportation Department Syafrin Liputo said, referring to the sites of the weekly event.

Meanwhile, Jakarta Public Order Agency head Arifin said that the authorities would provide other spaces for citizens to conduct outdoor or other physical activities to minimise the number of people gathering in one place, media reports said.

The capital city’s administration restarted the Car Free Day on June 21 after it was suspended on March 15.

Jakarta is now on the transition to normalcy but the large-scale social restrictions remain in place until the end of this month, governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan said.

The city’s business activities have partly resumed operations under tight health protocols, including reopening of shopping centres and tourist destinations as well as easing transportation restrictions. — Xinhua

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