Jakarta (ANTARA) - House Speaker Puan Maharani has appealed to the government and stakeholders to continue to provide the best services for travelers who have yet to return from their hometowns though the peak return period has passed.

“In many places, be it at ports, airports, and stations, they are still quite crowded. Travelers who return after the Eid holiday period is over must still receive optimal service," she said in a written statement received here on Monday.

Even though the peak period has passed, the return flow of Eid travelers is expected to continue till next week. As of Sunday night (May 8, 2022), there were still many vehicles departing for Greater Jakarta Area on the toll road.

The one-way system on the toll road was lifted after peak traffic on Sunday night.

Maharani urged toll road managers to pay attention to facilities for travelers. They must cater to the public's needs, including providing a clean and proper rest area, she added.

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The Speaker lauded stakeholders' performance, including the police, Transportation Ministry, and travel organizers, and said they all contributed equally to ensure people could travel safely and soundly.

She also urged everyone to pay attention to best scenarios that are necessary to be implemented for travelers who return after the peak of the exodus flow. The system adopted must make public needs a priority, she said.

It must be implemented while also monitoring the health protocol facilities to ensure they run properly, she said. That would help suppress COVID-19 cases after the Eid exodus period, she added.

To address the issue of traffic jams, state civil servants, including civil servants, national defense force personnel, and police officers, have been allowed to work from home for a week after the Eid holiday. Business managers have also been encouraged to employ the same policy so that employees can return to the Greater Jakarta area gradually.

However, state civil servants who work in the public service department will need to continue to work from the office as usual so as to not disrupt services, Maharani said.

She welcomed the returning public and wished people well as they return to their usual duties now that the Eid holiday is over.

Maharani said she expected that the time spent with families in hometowns would boost morale in the midst of the challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Translator: Putu Indah S, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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