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Stay at home during long weekend holiday: COVID-19 task force

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Vehicles pack a section of Jagorawi toll road in Cibubur, East Jakarta on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The toll road records increase in vehicles volume as residents leave Jakarta to spend the upcoming long weekend holiday to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. (Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

The national COVID-19 task force has urged the public to spend the upcoming long weekend at home in order to help prevent a spike in coronavirus transmission amid concerns of a re-emergence of holiday clusters.  “We strongly urge everyone to avoid going to public places during the holiday. Please stay at home, there will be other holidays in the future,” task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said during a press briefing on Tuesday.  He also pressed regional governments to identify tourist attractions and ensure health protocols are observed in each attraction.  The upcoming long weekend centers on the public holiday celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Maulid) on Thursday, combined with collective leave days from Wednesday to Friday and the ensuing weekend.  Wiku said vacationers must adhere to mandatory health protocols.  Local...