Gov’t Allows Eid Homecoming This Year
Following improvement in the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, the Government has decided to relax public activity restrictions.
“Until yesterday, March 22, 2022, the development of the COVID-19 pandemic in our country has continued to improve. Therefore, the Government has decided to relax some measures,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in a press statement, at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (03/23).
First, international travelers arriving via airports throughout the country are no longer required to go through quarantine. However, the Government still requires them to carry out a PCR swab test upon arrival. Those whose results are positive will be handled by the COVID-19 Task Force.
“The Government still requires travelers arriving from abroad to carry out a PCR swab test. If the PCR test is negative, you can leave and continue activities. However, for those with positive PCR results, they will be handled by the COVID-19 Task Force,” the President said.
In light of the coming fasting month of Ramadan, the Government allows Muslims to perform congregational Tarawih prayer (evening Ramadan prayer). The Government also allows Eid homecoming, locally known as mudik, this year.
“This year, Muslims can perform congregational Tarawih prayers at the mosque with the implementation of health protocols. People who want to go back to their hometown for Eid are also allowed, provided that they have received a full dose of vaccination and a booster jab as well as apply strict health protocols,” he said.
The President also mentioned that government officials and staff are prohibited from organizing mass iftar and an open house during the Eid celebration.
“I hope we can maintain this improving trend. I urge all of us to observe health protocols, remain disciplined in using masks, washing our hands, and keeping our distance,” he remarked. (FID/UN) (FI/MUR)