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Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta braces for ‘local’ exodus ahead of Idul Fitri celebration

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 23 2020   /  01:07 am

Indonesia faces the risk of even more COVID-19 infections after the Idul Fitri holiday this year, as family gatherings and homecoming journeys make up a large part of the yearly tradition for millions of the country’s Muslims.

Many people find it difficult to forego the centuries-old practice of extending silaturahmi (communal bonds) during the holiday, even as the government imposes large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

The urge is even harder to resist in Greater Jakarta, where the urban sprawl spills across provincial boundaries.

Zoraya, who asked not to reveal her family name, currently lives in South Tangerang, Banten, with her husband and in-laws. She is fully aware of the COVID-19 situation, including the government’s call to stay at home.

This did not prevent her from visiting her 60-year-old mother in Eas...