After a month long of Ramadan marked by various lockdowns and social distancing, last Sunday Muslims around the world finally celebrated Eid al-Fitr that is so far from the ordinary festivities and convivial traditions.

With the majority of the world still struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus, mass prayer and large gatherings are also still banned in many of these countries. In Indonesia, where cases are highest in southeast asia, largest Islamic group Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) issued a fatwa  that strongly urged Muslims to pray at home, rather than congregate in mosques.

As a result, to connect with family members and relatives in other cities or even countries, the traditional social gatherings have been replaced by virtual meetings and video calls over high speed internet, a ‘new normal’ that we have started to get used to over the last few months following the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).

On Tuesday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited Summarecon Mall in Bekasi, West Java, on Tuesday to take a look at the mall’s preparations for its upcoming reopening under the so-called “new normal” health protocols, the Jakarta Post reports.

Sixty-four shopping malls across Jakarta plan to reopen in early June after having been closed since April due to large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). This move is in accordance with Gubernatorial Decree No. 489/2020 on the PSBB extension in Jakarta, which will end on June 4. These malls, however, will only be allowed to operate at only 50 percent capacity. To make sure that the health protocols are going to be enforced,up to 340,000 officers will be posted at 1,800 public spaces in Jakarta.

Garuda Indonesia is also back to serve its domestic routes from and to Indonesia’s red zones, although with strict criteria, only allowing a short list of passengers criteria who all must follow specific health protocols. You can read more about it here.

Last but not least, on behalf of the entire What’s New Indonesia team, I’d like to wish you and your family a peaceful Eid al-Fitr. We’ll collectively remember this year’s Ramadan as one of the most sobering, but may we come out stronger and see it as a reminder to be grateful for all the blessed time we have together with our families.

Until next time!


Jessica Januarty
Chief Operating Officers



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