Religious figures' role crucial in successfully adapting to new normal

Religious figures' role crucial in successfully adapting to new normal

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin delivering his address during a Virtual National Cross-Faith Dialogue held by the Istiqlal Mosque Management Board from Jakarta, Tuesday (July 14, 2020). ANTARA/Fransiska Ninditya/ac.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin urged religious figures to support efforts to ensure successful adaptation to the new normal policy established by the government if the number of COVID-19 cases and transmission decreased in several areas.

"During the adaptation period toward this new habit, I would like to invite religious leaders to constantly remind religious adherents to understand and comply with health protocols issued by the government," Amin noted while delivering remarks at the virtual Cross-Faith National Dialogue event from Jakarta, Tuesday.

VP Amin highlighted the role of religious leaders as being instrumental in the successful adoption of the new normal policy.

"I believe the role of religious leaders is very important to ensure the success of this policy. We must be able to convince people that the storm will pass, and after hardships, ease will surely come," he stated.

The vice president further spoke of the government having readied a set of health protocols during the adaptation to the new normal in order to ensure that the community remains safe in resuming activities, especially in the economic field, after undergoing a period of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).

Amin urged religious leaders to participate in the dissemination of health protocols to the community during the period of inculcating new habits to adapt to the new normal and appealed to all societal elements to abide by the protocols.

"I would like to invite everyone to continue to offer guidance to all people to remain enthusiastic in complying with all health protocols by using masks, washing hands frequently, and maintaining the required safe distance," he remarked.

Amin pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a grave threat in the wake of the continued high rate of transmission, reaching 75,699 infected, 36,455 people under treatment, and 3,606 succumbing to the disease.

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