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Jakarta discusses ‘new normal’ possibilities for nightclubs, massage parlors

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 3, 2020   /   12:43 pm
Jakarta discusses ‘new normal’ possibilities for nightclubs, massage parlors Pedestrians cross a bridge in the Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD) in Central Jakarta on May 20. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Jakarta administration is set to begin implementing “new normal” protocols this week. However, it remains unclear when nightclubs and massage parlors will reopen and under what restrictions.

Jakarta Tourism Agency head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia has said he has scheduled a meeting with representatives of the leisure industry to discuss the eventual implementation of new normal policies in the industry.

The administration said it would talk with experts to establish the details of the arrangements. 

“A possibility for nightclubs, for example, is that they are allowed to reopen their businesses except for dance floors,” Cucu said as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.

Nightclubs must also impose social distancing when they open for business, he added.

Health protocols for COVID-19 containment, such as temperature checks and handwashing, must be also maintained.

"We will follow the guidelines from the WHO to reopen nightclubs and other leisure establishments,” Cucu said, adding that authorities were discussing reopening massage parlors, where physical distancing was quite a challenge.

Therefore, Cucu added, the leisure industry would be the last to reopen as the government implemented new normal policies.

Jakarta deputy governor Ahmad Riza Patria has said that the Jakarta administration is preparing the transition from large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to new normal protocols.

Before entering the transition period, he said, the Jakarta administration would evaluate the third phase of PSBB, which began on May 22 and is to end on June 4. (asp)