A worker disinfects seats inside the GBK stadium. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Jakartans Gingerly Take Steps to New Normal as Social Restrictions Are Relaxed


JUNE 05, 2020

Jakarta. The Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Central Jakarta, a popular spot to exercise for many Jakartans, reopened for the first time on Friday after being closed since April 10 when the large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, was first implemented in the capital. 

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Thursday extended the PSBB for an undetermined length of time and set this June as a "transition period" to curb Covid-19 transmission. This is the fourth time the restriction has been extended.


The GBK management announced on their Twitter account that the sports complex would open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Access to the GBK complex will be through Gate 5 in front of the FX shopping mall and Gate 10 across from the TVRI tower.

The GBK's main stadium ring road can be accessed through Gate A, Gate D and gate H.

Friday prayer service at the Al Bina mosque in the GBK complex has also been reopened with strict Covid-19 health protocol in place.

The mosque will only operate at 50 percent capacity and all worshippers are required to wear a mask, carry a bag to keep their sandals or shoes and perform wudhu or pre-prayer ablution before they arrive at the mosque.

First Phase of Transition

The Jakarta provincial government has released a schedule for reopening economic activities during the first phase of the transition period in June.

The first week, June 5-7, will see the reopening of places of worship and outdoor sports facilities. Private vehicles, public transportation and taxis (conventional and online) will also be allowed on the street again. 

During the second week, June 8-14, offices, standalone restaurants, factories, warehouses, independent retail shops, support services, museums, galleries, libraries, public parks and beaches will reopen. Motorcycle taxis and MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) will be allowed to operate again. 

The third week, June 15-21, will see the reopening of traditional markets, shopping malls, indoor recreation parks, outdoor recreation parks and zoos.

From June 22 to 28, almost all economic activities in the city will have resumed under new normal guidelines. 

At the end of the month, the Jakarta provincial government will evaluate the situation – especially the pandemic curve – before entering the second phase of the transition period.