In anticipating the prolong spread of coronavirus (covid-19), Ministry of Transportation may limit or even ban the Idul Fitri ‘mudik’ (exodus) this year, but the decision is still under discussion and evaluation.
The ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati said in a video conference as quoted by some medias that the decision would be announced soon in considering to avoid probable spread of the virus within the mass public gathering.
“Unfortunately, the tradition of mudik will cause such gatherings to happen in several places across the country. We are avoiding mass public gatherings. However, we don’t have any decision yet,” she said as quoted by thejakartapost, but promised to announce the decision soon.
But, the ministry had formed a small team to discuss the issue. A report on the outcome of the discussions will be sent to acting Minister of Transportation Luhut Panjaitan approximately next week.
In view of Ramadan season is approaching while the country was facing the massive spread of the covid-19, many has urged the government to prevent mass exodus during the season.
As quoted by tempo.co, former vice president Jusuf Kalla has called the government to “order the people not to return to their hometowns during Ramadan.
Ramadan is expected to begin on April 23, while Idul Fitri, which marks the end of the fasting month, is expected to fall on May 23.