Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced Friday that restaurants were permitted to open longer during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as this would allow them to better serve the needs of people who were fasting.
"The current regulation has them close at 21:00, but in Ramadan they are allowed to close later in the night and open earlier in the morning to serve those who sahur," said the governor after attending Friday prayers at Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta.
Sahur or Suhoor is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning by Muslims before fasting, sawm, in daylight hours during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
Anies also mentioned that activities during Ramadan would likely happen during the hours of breaking the fast and would see an influx of customers during the same hours. This is also the reason Anies Baswedan reminded restaurant owners to keep limiting the attendance to 50 percent of their restaurants' capacity to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The detailed regulation will be announced later today by the Jakarta administration, which will oversee the exact hours that restaurants are permitted to open during Ramadan.