They disagree because they are only allowed to operate their businesses from around 6 pm to 9 pm while this week is the time to make good money as the Idul Fitri religious holiday celebrated by the Muslims around the world is approaching.
A resident who works at a workshop, Arya, 48, is among the people who rejected the social restrictions as many of his relatives are the street vendors. He said they need longer hours to sell food, clothes, and other products so that they can make a good income.
“Of course I am afraid of getting sick but we need to earn money to make a living. We will follow the recommended health protocol by wearing masks in public places and maintain physical distancing,” he said.
Indonesia, one of the hardest-hit countries, has the highest mortality rate in Southeast Asia, reaching between 8-9 percent.
The death toll from coronavirus has hit over 1,200. As of Thursday, the authorities have confirmed 20,162 COVID-19 positive cases and 4,838 have been recovered throughout Indonesia. (Author: Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Idon Tanjung, Singgih Wiryono, Jimmy Ramadhan Azhari | Editor: )
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