Jakarta to reopen places for worship during PSBB transitional period

Jakarta to reopen places for worship during PSBB transitional period

A disinfection was conducted at Jakarta's Istiqlal Mosque (ANTARA FOTO/NOVA WAHYUDI)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan announced the reopening of routine religious activities at places of worship during the transition of the Large-Scale Social Distancing (PSBB) measures.

"Since tomorrow, worship activities can be conducted at mosques, prayer rooms, churches, and temples. All places of worship can be reopened but only for routine activities," Baswedan noted during his live broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Jakarta provincial government here on Thursday.

Baswedan also reminded the public to continue to apply health protocols and maintain physical distancing and hygiene during the gradual transition of the PSBB.

"Follow the principles of the health protocols," the governor emphasized.

Three principles of health protocols are generally applied at places of worship, with the first being the number of those participating in worship activities should be at the most 50 percent of the normal capacity.

"Hence, if it can normally accommodate 200 people, now it can only take up to 100," he explained.

The second health protocol calls for a minimum distance of a meter to be maintained between worshippers to prevent any form of physical contact.

According to the third health protocol, the caretaker of a place of worship must ensure that disinfectants are sprayed throughout the place before and after worship activities are conducted.

"Places of worship will be opened one hour before worship activities and immediately close one hour thereafter. This aims to avoid the potential spread of COVID-19," he explained.

The Jakarta governor had earlier announced that the PSSB measures in Jakarta were extended from June 5 to June 18, 2020, in order to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission. Related news: Jakarta's large-scale social distancing extended until June 18
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