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Jakarta Post

Crowds at HI traffic circle OK if health protocols followed: Anies

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 26, 2020   /   07:42 pm
Crowds at HI traffic circle OK if health protocols followed: Anies Jakartans cycle and jog along Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Car Free Day (CFD) on June 21. The crowded revival of the weekly event prompted the city administration to suspend it again over public health concerns. JP/Donny Fernando (JP/Donny Fernando)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said that crowds at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle are not a cause for concern as long as attendees comply with health protocols.

The city administration suspended Car Free Day (CFD) in the area after briefly reinstating it at the end of June because of concerns about the large crowds the event attracted. Despite the suspension, a number of bicyclists and pedestrians have continued to go to the area on Sunday mornings.

“As we see, the volume of residents joining the event on Jl. Sudirman and Thamrin is lower,” Anies told the press on Sunday. “Even though there are many people, they are still fewer than those at previous CFD events. The most important thing is that people are wearing masks when they go out.”

He said that exercising in an open area was good but that that bringing young children to crowded places was not advisable.

“Be a responsible parent who understands the risk for your children. If you want to bring your kids along, it’s preferable to do it near your home,” he said.

According to the official government count, Jakarta had 19,125 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 759 deaths as of Sunday. (trn)