December 10, 2020, 05.50 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian tourism industry players based in Jakarta will have to scrap any New Year’s Eve 2021 celebration following a new regulation from the provincial government.

The capital city’s government, through the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, has prohibited any celebrations or programs to ring in 2021.

The decision to ax New Year's Eve 2021 celebrations in Jakarta is laid out on the Decree of the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency Number 400/SE/2020.

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Gumilar Ekalaya, Acting Head of the agency, confirmed the newest regulation which he signed on December 7, 2020, adding that there are five key points which the city’s tourism players that affect hotels, restaurants, and cafes.

The first point is that industry players must operate in accordance with the rules set forth in the Indonesian capital city’s transitory large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).

Second is the prohibition of New Year’s Eve 2021 celebration that carries the potential of drawing crowds.

The third point is for the internal Covid-19 Mitigation Task Force in hotels and restaurants to oversee operations by ensuring no crowds gather or disciplining guests or visitors who do not adhere to health protocols.

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The fourth important point is for all tourism players in Indonesia’s capital city to respect and follow the operational hours enforced during transitory PSBB.

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