Places of worship adapt to new normal, strive for safety

  On July 4 this year, as the Hindu congregation in Jakarta celebrated Saraswati Day, Dewa Wiguna visited the Aditya Jaya Temple in East Jakarta to join mass prayers. The holy day was observed in the first few days of the new normal’s implementation in Jakarta, as the government worked to restore activities while still making efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. “Upon entering the temple, there were customary security personnel (pecalang) standing by to conduct temperature checks. Since I passed the check, I went in to the temple…

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