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“New Normal” in Monochrome

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesian government implemented a large-scale social restrictions or LSSR started in April 2020.

From April to May people chose to stay at home to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The restriction will be ended in the beginning of July because Indonesia was suffering from an economic downturn.

Now, we enter transition phase to ease restriction. A term named “New Normal” were introduced, maintaining restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep the economy running. There were physical and social distancing measures, wearing face masks, good hygiene, and hand washing. Elderly, pregnant women, and kids under nine years old were advised to remain at home.

A lot of people began to ride bicycles as transportation during the transition period. The number of cyclists has increased in big cities like Jakarta. The activity helped people to reduce mental health issues caused by LSSR.

On Sunday evening at the end of June, I started to see large crowd who enjoy picnics and outdoor activities.

They flocked to the street to do bicycle riding and outdoor exercise. Kite-flying enthusiasts sent their kites soaring into the sky in some stranded lands.

People gathered in an empty area, as if it was a tourist spot!

Children, pregnant women, and elderly should’ve kept away from events that draw a multitude of people like this.

To my surprise, I saw young people and kids hanging around without wearing mask. Pregnant women were seen walking on the side of the street.

Perhaps everyone was so stressed and started to not believe that Covid-19 threat was real. I know how life during a Pandemic feels so surreal.

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