The circular, dated August 18, 2020, is valid on August 20-23 and aims to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission, he noted.
"The circular applies to all government and private agencies as well as the residents of Pekanbaru City," he stated here on Thursday.
"In the face of the pandemic, during the long weekend, all residents of Pekanbaru City are banned from travelling to other areas," he remarked.
The government has declared Friday a collective leave day, in addition to the Islamic New Year on Thursday, Aug 20, to create a four-day weekend.
In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, the city government has issued Regulation Number 130 of 2020 on the second round of amendment to Regulation Number 104 of 2020 on the new attitude of the productive community and security in preventing and controlling COVID-19.
The regulation made it mandatory for every resident to follow health protocols to thwart the spread of COVID-19. It also contains a sanction on residents violating health protocols.
"We appeal to all sub-district heads, village heads, chiefs of neighborhood association, and other chiefs to call on residents to follow health protocols while conducting their daily activities," he stated.
As of August 19, 2020, the city had reported 361 COVID-19 cases, with 189 people recovering from the disease, 166 people being treated, and six others succumbing to the disease.
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