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Jakarta's shopping malls to reopen on June 15: Anies

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, June 5, 2020  /  12:22 pm
Jakarta's shopping malls to reopen on June 15: Anies

Shoppers fill an escalator in this stock photo. The Jakarta governor has announced that all retail centers, including non-food markets, will reopen on June 15 with strict health measures in place to protect shoppers and workers from contracting COVID-19. (Shutterstock/hxdbzxy)

Retail centers in Jakarta are scheduled to reopen on June 15 as the capital city gears up to transition from the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) this month.

“Shopping centers or malls and non-food markets can operate starting on Monday, June 15,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told a press conference on Thursday.

Retail centers would be required obliged to implement health protocols, including limiting the number of visitors to 50 percent capacity and scanning body temperatures prior to allowing visitors to enter the premises.

Some shopping malls have developed their own preventive measures. Pacific Place in South Jakarta, for instance, said that it had implemented routine disinfection of all mall areas and had published new health and safety procedures for shoppers.

These procedures included wearing masks at all times, following space markers to maintain safe physical distance in queues, using cashless payment methods and observing constant health and hygiene by using the hand sanitizers provided throughout the mall. 

Anies also announced that standalone restaurants, retail stores, libraries, museums and art galleries would be allowed to reopen sooner on Monday. Meanwhile, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities would reopen on either June 20 or June 21.

The Jakarta administration has reportedly decided to begin phasing out the PSBB after deeming that most areas in the capital were now “green" or "yellow" COVID-19 infection zones. Anies acknowledged, however, that some community units (RW) continued to see a rise in new cases. 

Earlier in May, Jakarta chair Ellen Hidayat of the Indonesian Shopping Center Association (APPBI) announced that 64 shopping malls across Jakarta would reopen "in early June" after three months of temporary closure since April.

Anies immediately refuted her statement on May 26, however, saying that Jakarta's PSBB could again be extended for a fourth two-week period if necessary. "So anyone saying that the malls will open on June 5, that's made up, it's fiction," he said. (wir/kes) 

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