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Govt mulls to ban holiday exodus

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 27 2020   /  12:34 am
Keep your distance: Passengers sit in a lounge with social distancing signs before boarding the Singosari train toward Blitar, East Java, at Senen Station in Jakarta on Thursday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Keep your distance: Passengers sit in a lounge with social distancing signs before boarding the Singosari train toward Blitar, East Java, at Senen Station in Jakarta on Thursday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)The government is mulling over a plan to ban this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) to prevent city dwellers from spreading the coronavirus to towns and villages across the archipelago, but questions remain as to how such a ban would be implemented.

Ramadan is expected to take place from April 23 to May 23 this year, followed by the Islamic holiday on May 24 and 25.

This Idul Fitri season was expected to see some 20 million people travel to their places of origin, resulting in a massive stream of urbanites to rural areas. In the current coronavirus crisis, with 893 confirmed infections and 78 deaths logged nationwide up until Thursday, government officials and experts have express...