Jakarta: The government has mulled over the option to ban this year's Eid al-Fitr homecoming to thwart the spread of coronavirus.
"We have agreed that public safety is the main priority. Hence, we have given serious consideration to the option to ban the Eid al-Fitr homecoming," Jodi Mahardi, special advisor to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, noted in a statement here on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
The ministry held meetings pertaining to this matter with related ministries and institutions, including the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Transportation Ministry, Home Ministry, Religious Affairs Ministry, Health Ministry, Public Works and Housing Ministry, the military and police, he revealed.
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Mahardi highlighted the three scenarios prepared by the government in connection with the Eid al-Fitr homecoming: to allow this homecoming, suspend the annual free homecoming program, and ban the homecoming.
"The three scenarios will be reported to the president," he added.
Earlier, on Monday, March 23, 2020, the meeting, led by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, discussed various options to tackle the potential spread of coronavirus across the country when thousands of people return to their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.
"We have to consider all scenarios to ensure public safety," Luhut stated. (antara)