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Concerns rise as shoppers throng malls despite virus

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 22 2020   /  12:45 am

Entering the last week of Ramadan, shopping centers across the country are packed by shoppers getting ready to welcome the annual celebration of Idul Fitri, with many neglecting health protocols designed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

A number of photos and videos have made the rounds on social media showing shoppers swarming clothing shops and lining up too closely at entrances, waiting for their body-temperature checks before entering shopping centers.

Besides implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), some local administrations have issued restrictions on operating hours, with many shopping centers only allowed to open at noon, but not all places have obeyed these policies.

In East Java, for instance, crowds packed a number of shopping centers in several cities and regencies. In the capital Surabaya – which currently imposes PSBB – Royal Plaza, Pakuw...