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Jakarta Post

COVID-19 overshadows Ramadan, again

A mosque staff member fixes a physical distancing mark on the floor of the Cut Meutia Mosque in Central Jakarta on Thursday, which had been closed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The city administration has extended large-scale social restrictions but will gradually lift some of the rules, such as allowing houses of worship, shopping centers and offices to open. JP/Seto Wardhana(JP/Seto Wardhana)
Budi Sutrisno and Ardila Syakriah
Jakarta   ●   Tue, April 13 2021

For the second year in a row, Indonesian Muslims are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan with limited social gatherings, only this time they are encouraged to better contribute to public health by getting their vaccine jabs.

Following a confirmation meeting with Islamic organizations and relevant parties and in consideration of astronomical calculations and the new moon observation, the government announced on Monday that this year’s Ramadan would start on Tuesday.

The government reminded Muslims to avoid large gatherings during prayers and the collection and distribution of alms. Last year, many congregants across the country continued to perform tarawih (Ramadan evening prayers) in mosques during the first few days of the fasting month despite the government’s official advisory and partial lockdown policies in several regions that required ...

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