Central Jakarta malls ask parents to accompany children under 12

Central Jakarta malls ask parents to accompany children under 12

A visitor scans a PeduliLindungi barcode upon entering the Grand Indonesia Mall in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (September 21, 2021). (ANTARA/Mentari Dwi Gayati/my)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Some Central Jakarta malls have made it mandatory for children under 12 years to be accompanied by parents when entering their premises during the adjustment to Level 3 public activity restrictions (PPKM) in the city.

"All children under the age of 12 are allowed to enter, but they must be supervised and accompanied by their parents. Our team on the field will also ensure this," Grand Indonesia's Corporate Communications Executive Annisa Hazarini said here on Tuesday.

Grand Indonesia began allowing children under the age of 12 to enter the mall from Tuesday after the government decided to try opening malls with these regulations, given the improving COVID-19 situation, she informed.

So far, no one has brought children under 12 years to the mall, she said.

A similar situation was witnessed at the Plaza Atrium Senen, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday.

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One of the security officers at Plaza Atrium, Asep Saefullah, said that the mall has allowed entry to children under the age of 12.

However, parents or guardians who supervise children need to be vaccinated, which could be monitored through the PeduliLindungi application, he added.

"It's okay if the parents have also been vaccinated. But so far only a few visitors have brought small children," Saefullah said.

The government on Monday (September 20, 2021) said it would allow the entry of children under the age of 12 in malls or shopping centers under strict parental supervision on a trial basis.

The decision was conveyed by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan.

The entry rules were relaxed for children in view of the increasingly better handling of COVID-19 in five cities, which have been allowed to open malls to children under 12 years, he informed.

The five cities are Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya, he said.

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