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Muslims in Jakarta's 33 red zones should avoid Idul Adha mass prayers

Jakarta Post - July 28, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has called on all Muslims living in Jakarta's red zones to avoid mass prayers during Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), which is expected to fall on July 31, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This strengthens previous statements from the Religious Affairs Ministry and Muslim group Muhammadiyah, which are reinforcing such a restriction nationally.

The Jakarta Bureau of Mental and Spiritual Education (Dikmental) warned of massive spread of the coronavirus if worshipers ignored the call as they would potentially be in close contact with virus carriers.

"For people in red zones, please pray at home together with your respective families. This is for the collective health and safety," Dikmental head Hendra Hidayat said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

Based on the city's website for COVID-19, corona.jakarta.go.id, as of last Thursday, as many as 33 community units (RW) in Jakarta have been categorized as red zones, an increase from 30 RWs recorded earlier.

A red zone is determined based on an area's COVID-19 incident rate. Hendra said the 33 RWs in Jakarta had been included in the Strict Control Areas (WPK).

The 33 RWs are spread across 26 subdistricts in all six administrative areas in Jakarta. Here is the list of RWs categorized as red zones in Jakarta, along with their subdistrict names.

In Central Jakarta, the red zones are RW 011 in Cempaka Putih Barat subdistrict, RW 004 in Cempaka Putih Timur, RW 007 in Cideng, RW 001 in Galur, RW 002 in Gelora, RW 008 in Harapan Mulia, RW 001 in Johar Baru, RW 006 in Kampung Rawa, RW 006 in Kebon Kacang, RW 005 in Kramat, RW 010 in Menteng and RW 008 in Rawasari.

In East Jakarta, the red zones are RW 004 and RW 005 in Jati, RW 003 in Kebon Manggis and RW 007 in Palmeriam.

In West Jakarta, the red zones are RW 005 in Kota Bambu Selatan, as well as RW 008 and RW 009 in Maphar.

In North Jakarta, the red zones are RW 003 in Lagoa, RW 010 and RW 012 in Pademangan Barat, RW 001 and RW 020 in Pegangsaan Dua, as well as RW 015 in Tanjung Priok.

In South Jakarta, the red zones are RW 004 in Kalibata and RW 004 in Pancoran.

In the Thousand Islands, the red zones are RW 004 in Pari Island, RW 001 in Untung Jawa Island, as well as RW 001, RW 003, RW 004 and RW 005 in Tidung Island.

Hendra said all district and subdistrict heads had been instructed to disseminate this information to the community.

"[They] have also been instructed to monitor the RWs in the red zones. These red zones need more attention," he said.

The Religious Affairs Ministry issued Circular No.18/2020 to ban the public celebration of Idul Adha in red zones nationwide.

Meanwhile, people who wish to participate in congregational prayers are required to wear a mask and bring their own prayer mat. Children and the elderly who are at high risk are completely prohibited from participating.

Muhammadiyah has also called on its followers not to hold public congregational prayers and, instead, conduct the prayers at home or in small congregations in their neighborhoods with strict health protocols.

Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said Indonesia's main mosque, the Grand Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta, would not hold Idul Adha prayer this year as the situation had not allowed this to happen.

"After observing the current situation of the pandemic in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, Istiqlal will not hold Idul Adha prayers," Fachrul said in a written statement on Monday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

He said the renovation of the Istiqlal Mosque was almost complete. Nevertheless, he added, the implementation of health protocols would be difficult as the number of worshipers traditionally reached tens of thousands.

The COVID-19 outbreak has continued to worsen as the capital imposes the period of transition to the new normal, with record daily new cases and increasing office clusters detected recently.

As of Tuesday noon, Jakarta has recorded 19,995 confirmed cases, with 12,367 recoveries and 784 deaths, according to the Health Ministry. (syk)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/07/28/muslims-in-jakartas-33-red-zones-should-avoid-idul-adha-mass-prayers.html