The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta city administration has temporarily suspended the issuance of permits for mass gatherings, including for film shooting purposes, as part of its COVID-19 containment efforts.
The administration through its One-Stop Integrated Services Agency (BPTSP) will stop issuing permits indefinitely following a 2020 instruction issued by Governor Anies Baswedan on March 3, a day after Indonesia reported its first confirmed COVID-19 cases.
"We will temporarily suspend permit and non-permit services, both manually and digitally, for events that can potentially gather large crowds," agency head Benni Agus Chandra said, as quoted on the administration's official website.
The suspension includes permits to use public parks, green spaces and cemeteries for filming purposes, bazaars, competitions, camps, makeshift constructions and sports and youth events.
Indonesia reported on Monday that two of its citizens had tested positive for COVID-19, both of whom are currently being treated at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital in Jakarta.
Following the news, a number of public events set to be held in Jakarta have either been canceled or postponed.
Governor Anies, however, has refused to comment on whether the Jakarta administration would cancel the Formula E race, which is slated to be held for the first time in June. (ars)