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Jakarta Post

Dine in or take out?: Officials debate how to curb COVID-19

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 1, 2020   /  07:48 am
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Play it safe: People eat at a restaurant in Jakarta on Monday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have placed physical distancing signs on tables. (JP/Arief Suhardiman)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and the chief of the government's COVID-19 response task force, Doni Monardo, has called for stricter lockdown rules in Greater Jakarta, as the capital continues to register the highest number of daily cases in the country. In a coordination meeting chaired by Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Anies and Doni highlighted the fact that Jakarta’s satellite cities continued to have lax social-distancing rules while Jakarta had imposed stricter measures. Anies said the city administration’s key decision to only allow restaurants to take takeaway orders could be effective in curbing transmission only if the rule was applied to all municipalities on the outskirts of Jakarta. "We haven't allowed people to dine in. This may be difficult at first but we have to swallow the bitter pill. But if su...