App-based 'ojek' drivers are 100 percent allowed to carry passengers, but they must abide by the healthcare protocols
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta Metropolitan Police confirmed that App-based "ojek" drivers were allowed to transport passengers on Monday following the first stage of transition to a new normal that Governor Anies Baswedan had made effective since June 5.

"App-based 'ojek' drivers are 100 percent allowed to carry passengers, but they must abide by the healthcare protocols," Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman Sen. Coms. Yusri Yunus informed journalists in Jakarta on Monday.

In accordance with healthcare protocols, passengers are suggested to bring along their own hand sanitizers and helmets.

Yunus noted that App-based "ojek" drivers can again transport passengers in accordance with Jakarta Governor Regulation No. 51 of 2020.

In connection with the implementation of healthcare protocols, the Gojek management, for instance, has reiterated the significance of cleanliness and health for GoRIde and GoCar services.

To this end, the Gojek management has ordered its drivers to wear face masks and gloves as well as keep hand sanitizers handy as mandatory prerequisites for transporting passengers.

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On Monday, vehicles thronged several toll road sections in eastern parts of Jakarta and its main roads as offices gradually reopened after Governor Anies Baswedan's decision to put in place a transitional period since June 5.

The influx of vehicles, mostly private cars, was observed from the Cawang toll road entrance gate despite the authorities' decision to reopen offices at 50-percent capacity amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Drivers and motorists packed the MT Haryono Road in Cawang en route to the areas of Central and South Jakarta.

In spite of the COVID-19 curve flattening in several of the capital city's administrative areas, the Jakarta provincial government continues to enforce large-scale social restriction and distancing measures until the end of June 2020.

However, the Jakarta provincial government has decided on a transitional period, starting from June 5, during which business activities can gradually resume, albeit strictly following the COVID-19 protocols.

During the transitional period, the Jakarta provincial government has appealed to the city's residents to wear face masks while venturing outdoors, and those found flouting the rule will be imposed a fine of Rp250 thousand.

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