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Jakarta Post

Statements on 'new normal' confusing: Muhammadiyah

  • The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, June 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Customers queue sitting in a chair to conduct banking transactions at Bank Mandiri Pamulang, South Tangerang, Banten, Wednesday (5/27/2020). Bank Mandiri implements a series of special protocols to start new normal scenarios in the pandemic period with mandatory masks, thermogun usage, hand sanitizer placement, application of physical distancing between customers throughout Bank Mandiri and advises customers to transact through Bank Mandiri e-channels such as Mandiri Online.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

As Indonesia has yet to see the curve of COVID-19 infection flatten, the government’s decision to roll out guidelines on easing COVID-19 restrictions under its so-called new normal protocols has created confusion among the public, according to Islamic organization Muhammadiyah. “The government’s recent statements about the new normal has raised questions and caused confusion in the community,” reads a statement that was jointly signed by Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir and secretary Abdul Mu’ti on Thursday. In some areas, malls and shopping centers are open while mosques and worship houses remain closed. “This has the potential of causing tension between government institutions and congregations,” the statement reads. The statement also cites National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) data that indicates the outbreak in the country i...