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Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta, Malang strike COVID-19 balance

  • News Desk


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Under health protocols: A customer receives a cup of coffee from a coffee shop barista in Panembahan subdistrict, Kraton district, Yogyakarta city, on Monday. The coffee shop, operating under health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, requires that its customers and staff wear face masks or face shields and wash their hands.(JP/R. Berto Wedhatama )

The Yogyakarta administration has set its sights on balancing its COVID-19 response with its efforts to reopen tourism to keep the local economy running.     Heroe Poerwadi, the head of the Yogyakarta COVID-19 task force, said that the special province had implemented “small-scale” social restrictions to allow economic activities to continue in the region. The policy permitted the smallest administrative districts in the region, like villages, to temporarily limit access if a confirmed case emerged.    “This ‘micro’ lockdown aims to curb transmission in only the affected areas, while maintaining economic activities in other areas of the region, which relies heavily on tourism,” Heroe said on Sunday as quoted by    He said the policy was implemented in mid-September, when a new COV...