KADIN supports government's handling of COVID-19 pandemic

KADIN supports government's handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN). ANTARA/Septiadna Perdana/sh

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) is committed to supporting the government's move to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, averring that it has applied health protocols in the business areas of its members.

KADIN has called on the government to adopt stern measures in the Operation Justice (Operasi Yustisi) held since September 14 to generate public awareness on the significance of health protocols, including at markets and densely populated areas, its deputy chief for creative economy, Erik Hidayat, noted in a statement here on Tuesday.

Hidayat pointed out that the imposition of health protocols in business areas should be followed by public adherence since sanctions will be imposed on business owners if the authority found any violations of protocols in the area.

"We seek public cooperation to comply with health protocols in business areas. Hence, there is no need for law enforcers to impose sanctions in the form of fines or closure of the business," Hidayat stated.

Hidayat laid emphasis on prioritizing health recovery until now to expedite the process of national economic recovery.

"The faster we can recover (in the health sector), the faster our economy can grow again," he pointed out.

On September 14, the government launched Operation Justice nationwide to uphold public discipline to abide by health protocols in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Indonesian Police’s spokesman, Brig. Gen Awi Setiyono, explained that sanctions against violators of health protocols varied from warning to fine, social work, and revocation of business license.

"The operation is targeting regions that can potentially become new clusters of COVID-19 transmission," he stated.

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