An amsement park in Central Jakarta is temporary closed due to Covid-19 outbreak. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Social Distancing Turns Jakarta Into Quiet City

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

MARCH 21, 2020

The busy Indonesian capital has turned quiet since restrictions on work places and public gatherings were imposed on Friday due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

President Joko Widodo has called on citizens to strictly observe social distancing and stay at home. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, realizing that the city has now become a breeding ground of the virus, made a more specific call for employers to implement work-from-home policies.

The governor also ordered the temporary closure of non-essential premises, eateries, entertainment places and tourist resorts for at least 14 days.

Pictures taken at the weekend show a grim look of the country’s biggest city that has dwindled to a standstill.

The social distancing has come to such a degree that it affected the way how Muslims performed their prayers. Nasaruddin Umar, the great imam of Indonesia’s biggest mosque, the Istiqlal, has decided to cancel the Friday noon congregational prayer, which normally comes as mandatory for male Muslims.

In a rare image, Muslims in Jakarta put a distance from others during the daily prayer at the mosque, while the Hadith recommends shoulder-to-shoulder congregation. 

The typically busy Jakarta MRT stations have come to near all-quite zones. Passengers are separated by a distance of at least one meter and striking red “X” marks are placed between seats to make sure there is no body contact. 
Departure gate keepers stand guard with temperature guns, allowing only those with normal body temperature to aboard the train --but not before they wash hands with the available sanitizers. 

Public parks, including the famous Untung Suropati Park in Menteng, and schools are closed to slow down the transmission of the virus, which has infected at least 267 Jakarta residents with 23 deaths.

A woman walks with her dog in front of Menteng 01 Elementary School which is temporary closed due to Covid-19 outbreak in Central Jakarta on Friday (20/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman walks her dog in front of an empty elementary school building in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Friday. Schools across the capital are put in at least two-week vacation due to the Covid-19 outbreak. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A banner in Menteng Park that reads the park is temporary close due to Covid-19. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A banner is placed at the gate of the Menteng Park to keep visitors away. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
MRT Jakarta during social distancing due to Covid-19 outbreak on Friday (20/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Passengers are separated one seat away between them inside the Jakarta MRT train on Friday under the social distancing policy amid the Covid-19 outbreak. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A MRT Jakarta health personnel checks a passenger body temperature in departure gate of the station. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A security guard at the Jakarta MRT station aims his temperature gun at a passenger. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Social distancing in Lebak Bulus MRT Station. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Benches at the Lebak Bulus MRT Station are arranged in distance to prevent transmission of the Covid-19 virus. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
MRT Jakarta attach each passenger seat with a red x sign to prevent passengers from sitting close together. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Striking red “X” signs are placed between seats inside the Jakarta MRT train to separate passengers. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Muslim perform social distancing during Dzuhur prayer as a substitute of Friday prayer at Istiqal Mosque in Central Jakarta on Friday (20/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Muslims perform a prayer in a distance from others inside the Istiqal Mosque in Central Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Istiqlal Mosque carpet was folded due to renovations and avoiding the transmission of Covid-19 which could survive on fabric. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Carpets inside the Istiqlal Mosque are folded before the room is cleaned with disinfectants. Health experts suggest that the coronavirus can survive in fabric before it infects humans. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman prays alone during Dzuhur prayer in Istiqal Mosque on Friday (20/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman prays alone at the Istiqal Mosque in Central Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cat passes in front of a person praying in the prayer area in the Istiqlal Mosque, Central Jakarta on Friday (20/03). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cat walks in front of a man inside the Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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