A man walks inside the largely empty Senayan City Mall in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jakarta Reopens Malls and Worship Places with Capacity Limit
BY :YUSTINUS PAAT
AUGUST 11, 2021
Jakarta. Governor Anies Baswedan allows malls, worship places and outdoor sport venues to reopen with certain capacity limits on the basis of a steady decline in newly Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
However, most indoor amusements like theaters and playing grounds inside malls will remain temporarily closed, according to a gubernatorial circular dated Wednesday.
"Malls and trade centers are allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity from 10.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m. under the health protocols," the circular reads.
Children under 12 and the elderly above 70 are temporarily banned from malls.
Congregations at worship places are limited to 25 percent of capacity or 20 persons at most, according to the circular.
Mall visitors and employees and religious congregation participants must show proof of vaccination, at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Covid-19 survivors are exempt from the vaccination status within three months since they test negative for the virus, but they must show the medical records, it says.
“To those who have not received the vaccine, let’s get the shots immediately so that all sectors can reopen in stages and we can leave the worry behind because everyone is protected by the vaccine,” Anies said.
The national capital has the highest vaccination figures compared to other provinces. More than 8.5 million people including residents of neighboring cities have received the first dose of the vaccine in Jakarta, with around 3.5 million fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.
The city of 10 million has increased target population to 11 million to accommodate those from satellite cities.
Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said 40 percent of vaccine beneficiaries aren’t registered as Jakarta residents.
Jakarta has recorded the most Covid cases since the pandemic began with a total of 835,609 or around 22 percent of the national tally.
But daily numbers have dropped to below 2,000 in recent weeks in comparison to more than 10,000 cases at its peak. There are currently more than 11,100 active cases in the capital, according to government data.