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Tanah Abang Market reopens for business with COVID-19 protocols, odd-even policy

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 17, 2020   /   06:01 am
Tanah Abang Market reopens for business with COVID-19 protocols, odd-even policy Traders wait for delivery trucks to pick up their products at Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta on April 6. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan )

The largest textile market in Southeast Asia, Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta, fully reopened on Monday after being closed for around three months with COVID-19 mobility restrictions in place in the capital city.

The president director of Jakarta-owned market operator Pasar Jaya, Arief Nasrudin, said all areas of the market, which had to suspend operations during large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), are now allowed to operate.

“Blocks A, B, F and G are now open,” Arief said on Monday. 

He added that the market resumed operations under COVID-19 prevention protocols, with a limited number of shoppers and vendors allowed each day. Everyone is required to wear protective masks, with vendors having to also wear face shields and one main entrance accessible to visitors.

“We already distributed 80,000 face shields to the sellers,” Arief said as quoted by kompas.com.

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The market also implemented an odd-even policy for vendors to operate every day as an attempt to limit the number of sellers and shoppers during the so-called new normal period.

Arief explained that vendors whose kiosk number was odd would only be allowed to operate during odd dates and vice versa. 

Vendors who own more than one kiosk with odd and even numbers are required to only open one kiosk and take turns operating them.

The Jakarta administration is set to implement this policy in other markets. All traditional markets operated by Pasar Jaya will gradually implement this system starting on Monday.

Pasar Jaya personnel will be deployed to monitor the markets’ operations. Vendors who are found violating the rules will be given a strict warning and asked to close their store. (dpk)