June 16, 2020, 04.30 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian government has ordered Jakarta-based firms to implement new working hours ahead of the city’s new normal.

The directive is meant to prevent overcrowding in public transport facilities and help stem the spread of Covid-19.

Jakarta has been transitioning into the new normal since June 5 and the restarting of economic activity can lead to weak enforcement of physical distancing protocols.

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According to the Spokesperson of the National Covid-19 Task Force, Achmad Yurianto, physical distancing will be difficult to enforce in public transportation facilities.

Based on government assessment, workers from the private sector and state companies comprise 75 percent of commuter line passengers, said Yuri.

Nearly 45 percent of those passengers travel to work between 5:30-6:30 am.

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“This is what will make it difficult to enforce physical distancing protocols,” said Yuri.

The government has thus ordered two new working hours for Jakarta firms to adopt in the lead up to Indonesia’s new normal.

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