Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto denied reports that the large shopping centers would be opened in the near future. However, he admitted that regulations have been confirmed for opening malls in the PPKM (Restrictions of Community Activities) Level 4 era.

“The government has not confirmed (opening malls and crowd centers). However, preparations for how to open them have been prepared,” said Airlangga.

Airlangga explained that one of the regulations that will be applied requires visitors to have been be vaccinated against Covid-19. Visitors are required to show the PeduliLindungi application when entering enter a store or shopping center.

The Golkar Party Chairman explained that the PeduliLindungi application would display the visitor’s vaccination status. The application also includes contact tracing data for Covid-19 patients.

“With this PeduliLindungi application, those who enter crowded public places are asked to have been vaccinated with at least one dose (of vaccine),” he added.

Airlangga said similar regulations have been tested for air travel. He believes these regulations can be effectively applied in malls or other shopping centers.

“If the PeduliLindungi applications is used in public places, it will be easier to monitor the public’s movements safely for all,” he said.

Since the start of the Emergency PPKM period on July 3, the government has closed all malls, trade and shopping centers.

From the onset of PPKM Level 4 on July 26, the government has eased restrictions for shopping centers. The government allows public markets to open with a number of restrictions and the application of health protocols. Despite this, high-end shopping centers such as malls, have not been permitted to operate.

Previously, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry proposed that a certificate or vaccine card be a requirement for visitors to enter malls.

“The hope is that if all the workers in the mall are vaccinated, and if those present can prove that they have been vaccinated, the hope is that the retail will continue to run,” he said at a Vaccination Event with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and the Indonesian Armed Forces and National Police on their YouTube channel.

Author: HL

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