Furthermore, PSI has asked the Jakarta Provincial Government to reconsider their event budget plans for next year which amounts to Rp 125.8 billion for advertisements whereas Rp 51.3 billion has been allocated for large-scale promotions.
Considering how the coronavirus pandemic may not be over in 2021, PSI reminded the Jakarta Provincial Government that such events would draw crowds which are currently prohibited.
2. Decision on Indonesia’s Public Holidays for December Scheduled for Monday
Matters concerning Indonesia’s public holidays will be decided on Monday by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo.
The Indonesian President has asked to decrease the number of holiday days for the last stretch of 2020.
Jokowi explained that the preference is to avoid an overly long holiday that could contribute to the high-levels of new Covid-19 infections in the country.
Earlier this year, the government made the decision to replace the Eid ul-Fitr holidays on May 26-29 for Dec. 28-31, 2020.
Spokesperson for the National Covid-19 Taskforce, Wiku Adisasmito concurred that a long holiday will contribute to more Covid-19 confirmed cases national as evidenced by the holidays in August.
The recent debate over Indonesia’s public holidays for December 2020 and the Indonesian President’s concerns come as the country experience another spike in Covid-19 cases from the long holiday break in October.