Indonesia’s Capital Bans Midnight Sale Ahead Of Eid Al-Fitr

Internal Affairs

The midnight sale, ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, will not be held this year, in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, home to about 10 million people and epicentre of the COVID-19 transmission in the country, according to a municipal government official yesterday.

Edi Margono, head of the Small and Medium Business Empowerment Section of the Jakarta Industry, Trade, Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises Office, said, the midnight sale is banned to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

“It (the sale) has the potential to trigger an uncontrollable crowd,” Margono said.

Midnight sales are popular in Indonesia, offering discounts ahead of holidays, such as the Eid al-Fitr, Christmas and New Year holidays.

The Indonesian Ministry of Health yesterday reported 1,551 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number to 6,036,909.