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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Three museums reopen in Jambi

Jambi Three museums in Jambi province have reopened to public since July 6 this year, with visitors urged to practice preventive measures mandated by the health protocols for containing coronavirus spread, a local authority revealed. The reopening of the Siginjei, Perjuangan Rakyat (People’s Struggle), and Gentala Arasy museums has been approved by the Jambi Provincial Government and its COVID-19 task force, head of administrative affairs at Siginjei Museum, Muzakir, said here on Thursday. Since then, many local residents, especially university students who are keen to collect data for their studies,…

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TV actor Ridho Ilahi faces drug offense charges: Jakarta police

  Jakarta Television actor Ridho Ilahi is charged with a drug offense after forensic laboratory testing confirmed that a drug package he possessed during arrest on June 27, 2020, contained crystal meth, West Jakarta Metropolitan Police stated. “The drug package contains 5.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine,” Chief of the West Jakarta Metropolitan Police Narcotics Investigation Unit Commissioner Ronaldo Maradona informed local journalists on Wednesday. Ilahi, who was apprehended during a drug raid operation in the Cibubur area, East Jakarta, on June 27, is still under police custody, pending completion of…

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Ujung Kulon National Park prepares to reopen

Pandeglang, Banten The Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK), which has been categorized as a green zone eco-tourism site, is ready to receive tourists while applying strict protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, said park officials. “Insyaa Allah (God willing), the tour will soon be opened at the Ujung Kulon National Park. We have prepared the standard operating procedures (SOP), (and we are now) just waiting for the circular from the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Forestry (KLHK) (giving the go-ahead for the reopening),” Andri Firmansyah, spokesperson for the Ujung…

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TMII reopens ahead of implementation of new normal

Jakarta The Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII) tourist area reopened this Saturday, with a promo offer of entry for two people at the price of one ticket, valid until June 30, 2020. The manager has limited the number of visitors and necessitated online purchase of tickets available on the official TMII website. In line with the health protocols for applying the new normal amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several regulations have been put in place. Visitors must wear masks while visiting the tourist area, apply physical and social distancing…

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