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Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Jokowi cancels Idul Fitri open house event at State Palace

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 22, 2020   /   03:15 pm
COVID-19: Jokowi cancels Idul Fitri open house event at State Palace President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo adjusts his face mask while visiting the 2018 Asian Games athletes village, which has been converted into a hospital for COVID-19 patients, in Jakarta on March 23. (AFP/POOL/Hafidz Mubarak A )

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will not host an open house public gathering at the State Palace on the first day of the Idul Fitri holidays on Monday to comply with physical distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, the President hosted a similar event at Merdeka Palace, with thousands thronging to greet him.

“An open house will involve a large mass gathering that can increase COVID-19 transmission, therefore, the President will not host the event,” presidential staffer Angkie Yudistia wrote in a statement on Friday.

Read also: Some regional leaders to allow mass Idul Fitri prayers despite calls to worship at home

She added that Jokowi understood that Idul Fitri was a moment to forgive each other and to strengthen ties with relatives and friends. However, people needed to maintain physical distance and communicate online instead, Angkie said.

“All meetings held and attended by the President are conducted virtually using video. There should be no exception for Idul Fitri gatherings.”

The government previously declared a ban on all mass religious activities, including Idul Fitri congregational prayers, to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases. (aly)

If you want to help in the fight against COVID-19, we have compiled an up-to-date list of community initiatives designed to aid medical workers and low-income people in this article. Link: [UPDATED] Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak