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Jakarta Post

Batam to close factories temporarily

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Fri, March 27 2020   /  01:49 am

Riau Islands acting governor Isdianto has urged manufacturing companies operating in the Batam bonded zone in the province to temporarily shut down their factories to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Riau Islands administration declared a state of emergency on March 18 in the province to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. It is now urging industries to join the effort by closing their factories to contain the spread of the virus.

The emergency status prompted the closure of schools and sent public servants home.

“We urge industries to temporarily halt their activities or, in other words, to send their workers home. We will issue a notice of the appeal,” Isdianto said on the sidelines of his visit to Galang Island’s infectious disease isolation and observation facility in Batam on Saturday.

He said that an economic downturn was a risk that every...