The Jakarta Post
At least six shopping malls in Bandung, West Java, have announced temporary or partial closures starting on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The first shopping mall to make the announcement was Miko Mall, on Tuesday, although several outlets offering basic goods and ATM centers remain open.
"To support the government's efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are announcing the temporary suspension of our operations to April 10, except for outlets on the lower ground floor, the ATM center and tenants [offering] delivery services," the Miko Mall management announced on its official Instagram account on Tuesday.
Cihampelas Walk followed suit on its social media account, announcing its temporary closure from March 27 through April 9.
"To support maintaining the health of all Bandung residents, we will stop our operations from March 27 to April 9 -- except for Yogya Supermarket, Watsons, Century, Guardian, BJB Bank, and the ATM center. While we are closed, we urge all customers to stay home," it said.
Meanwhile, Paris Van Java Mall has announced on its Instagram account that it will be closing its doors from March 27 to April 2.
"However, Carrefour Paris Van Java [remains open] and can be accessed through the Concourse Level entrance. The supermarket is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.," it noted.
Three other Bandung shopping malls suspending operations are the King Shopping Center (March 27-April 2), Paskal (March 28-April 10) and BTC Mall (March 27-April 5).
Earlier on March 14, Bandung Mayor Oded M. Danial issued several preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city, although closing shopping malls was not one of them.
"I urged all markets, shopping malls, shopping centers and modern outlets to continue [to offer] their services while implementing maximum health standards and preventative measures for COVID-19," Oded said at the time.
The mayor also shut down schools and several public facilities for two weeks starting March 16.
He also advised the city's residents to remain alert, follow a healthy lifestyle, avoid crowded areas and stay at home. (nal)