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Here’s What the Mall Might Look Like under Strict Health Protocols in Indonesia

June 17, 2020, 01.43 PM

JAKARTA, – Your shopping experience when going back to the mall might not be the same again.

After about three months of temporary closure due to the novel coronavirus, major malls in Indonesia’s big cities, mostly in Java Provinces where confirmed cases are high, have begun reopening.

The government’s decision to allow the retail industry back on its feet is well received by mall owners, retailers, and restaurant operators during the sluggish economy. But strict health protocols are applied now for visitors and retailers to feel safe.

Don’t be surprised when you come across more police officers and military personnel at the mall as they have to ensure not only the security of the people but also compliance with the health protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Besides the usual layers of security check when entering the mall premises, guards also take temperature readings of visitors and employees. Make sure your mask is on, too.

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The strict health protocols are not only for visitors to observe. Mall operators are also required to routinely spray disinfectant in all areas, provide hand sanitizers, and ensure all physical distancing rules are in place.

“We commit to being disciplined and obey the Covid-19 health protocols for everyone’s safety and comfort,” said PT Agung Podomoro Land Tbk (APLN) Corporate Secretary Justini Omas in a press statement on June 15.

APLN’s malls employ touch-less technology in elevators to ensure public hygiene while the number of visitors is limited to half capacity. Thousands of mall employees have undergone the Covid-19 rapid test.

Justini said that all malls and trade malls operated by APLN comply with the government regulations to contain the spread of coronavirus. The company established its Covid-19 task force in February to ensure all health protocols are observed at each mall.

Another mall operator, PT Ciputra Development Tbk, began to open in stages based on the shop types. “Businesses that are open now are supermarkets, pharmacies, optical shops, medical equipment stores, food and beverage outlets, banks, money changers, and fashion/accessories shops as well as hair salons and electronic shops,” said Ciputra Mall Public Relations Rida Kusrida.

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Other businesses that will need to wait before they can reopen are cinemas, gyms, beauty clinics, and children's playgrounds.

In West Java Province, malls are also allowed to reopen while another round of the large scale social restrictions (PSBB) has been extended to June 26.

Governor Ridwan Kamil has required the malls to operate at 30 percent capacity.


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