JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Jakarta’s weekly Car Free Day has been held for the first time after a three-month slumber forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. True to tradition, the event was held at the Sudirman and Thamrin thoroughfares on Sunday, June 21.
Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said there are changes to the implementation of the Car Free Day. “The Car Free Day will now be held from 6 to 10 am instead of [the pre-coronavirus time of] 11 am,” he said on Friday, June 19.
He added that security personnel, including the military and police, will safeguard Car Free Day.
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Syafrin added that food vendors will be barred from Car Free Day. However, the new rules do not deter people from flocking to the town center and enjoying the outdoors on foot or bicycle.
People on bicycles have been making up most of the participants, followed by joggers and those on foot. The authorities also lamented the difficulties of imposing social distancing protocols on visitors.
Required items for Car Free Day
The authorities urged participants to bring items like masks, tissues, debit cards, hand sanitizer, a water bottle and plastic bags.
The Jakarta provincial administration will fine visitors who fail to wear a mask Rp. 250 thousand (USD 17.76). They also banned young children and those over the age of 60 from entering Car Free Day because of their vulnerability to Covid-19.