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Ministry sets protocol for houses of worship

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Giving thanks: A young man shows his respect to an older community member during an Idul Fitri celebration at the Jami’ Al-Makmur mosque in Leuwinanggung, Depok, West Java, on Sunday. JP/P.J. Leo)(JP/PJ Leo)

The Religious Affairs Ministry has issued new guidelines for houses of worship, which are set to reopen soon as part of the so-called “new normal” after being closed for weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In a circular issued on Friday, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said the new guidelines were in response to people’s desire to pray at their respective houses of worship. The guidelines would still comply with prevailing health procedures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. “Houses of worship must set the best example on curbing the spread of COVID-19,” Fachrul said. The circular states that houses of worship may only reopen if the COVID-19 basic reproduction number, R0 or R-naught, as well as its effective reproduction number, Rt, in their respective areas are below a certain threshold. Houses of worship that want to reopen ...