TEMPO.CO, JakartaHow Tanah Abang Market in central Jakarta saw a dramatic increase in customer numbers this weekend. Jakarta police urged the public to look for alternative markets to complete their Christmas shopping before Eid al-Fitr.

“It is better to look for alternatives to other malls because we know that several places like Tanah Abang and Thamrin City are quite crowded with people shopping,” said regional police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus in Tanah Abang on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

The call was made to prevent larger gatherings that could lead to a transmission of Covid-19.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan confirmed that the number of visitors to the city’s wholesale market has more than doubled.

“The number of visitors has skyrocketed from 35,000 [on weekdays] 87,000 on Saturday, and today the number is estimated at around 100,000 according to preliminary data, ”Anies said at the market on Sunday.

Anies along with Jakarta Metro Police Chief Insp. General Fadil Imran and Regional Military Commander Maj. Gen. Dudung Abdurachman visited Blok A of the largest textile market in Southeast Asia on Sunday May 2nd.

The three also inspected the Thamrin City shopping mall and Tanah Abang train station for a viral video of huge crowds in the markets leading up to the Eid al-Fitr holidays.

Jakarta Metro Police and the Indonesian military set up security posts to await more crowds Tanah Abang Market. A total of 2,500 joint employees were deployed to monitor the implementation of the health protocols.

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