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Retails shops in South Jakarta's M Bloc Space still open for business

Gisela Swaragita
Gisela Swaragita

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, March 17, 2020  /  02:05 pm
Retails shops in South Jakarta's M Bloc Space still open for business

Since its opening in late 2019, M Bloc Space has attracted young audiences with its various events and discussions, as well as hangout and photo spots. (Shutterstock/wiyonoprojo)

The creative space complex, M Bloc Space in South Jakarta’s Blok M, says it remains open for business despite canceling all of its scheduled events in March over fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

On Tuesday, the management announced on its official social media accounts that all retail tenants at the location remain open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. This new schedule is to be in effect until March 31.

However, all scheduled events in March at the complex's Live House and Mini Amphitheater are to be postponed until further notice, as announced on Monday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Menyikapi krisis kesehatan global akibat penyebaran Covid-19 yang semakin mengkhawatirkan belakangan ini, maka dengan sangat menyesal kami mengumumkan bahwa seluruh acara yang akan diadakan di Live House maupun Mini Ampitheater M Bloc Space sepanjang Maret 2020 secara resmi ditunda hingga pemberitahuan lebih lanjut. Termasuk diantara pembatalan ini adalah konser Manu Chao (19 Maret) dan pertunjukan Septian Dwi Cahyo 40 Tahun Berkarya (22 Maret). Khusus bagi para pembeli tiket Septian Dwi Cahyo akan segera dilakukan proses refund sesuai dengan ketentuan yang berlaku dari partner kami, Loket.com. Silakan cek email kalian masing-masing mulai besok untuk keterangan detailnya. Mari bersama-sama menjaga kesehatan pribadi, keluarga, orang-orang terdekat serta komunitas kita semua. Kami sangat optimis kita dapat melalui semua ini sebaik dan sesegera mungkin, tak hanya untuk Indonesia melainkan pula seluruh dunia. Tetap semangat! #bersamamencegahcovid-19

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The decision impacts at least two shows: the concert of French musician Manu Chao, which was scheduled for March 19, and mime artist Septian Dwi Cahyo’s 40-year career anniversary performance, which was to be held on March 22. 

Those who have bought tickets to Septian Dwi Cahyo’s show are to be refunded as regulated by Loket.com, M Bloc’s ticketing partner.

Read also: List of all postponed concerts in Indonesia so far over COVID-19

As of Tuesday, the government remained undecided about imposing a lockdown on the capital city. However, many privately managed spaces and establishments have closed their venues and canceled all of their events to prevent large crowds from forming.

Since its opening in late 2019, M Bloc Space has attracted young spectators with its various events and discussions, as well as hangout and photo spots. Prior to the announcement, it had already begun conducting health screenings using a thermal scanner on visitors entering the space.

As of Tuesday, there are 172 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia. Nine patients have recovered and five have died. (kes)

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Editor's note:

The article has been corrected based on latest information.

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