Indonesia to ban year-end, New Year paid vacations

The Indonesian government has decided to ban people from taking paid holidays during the year-end and New Year period as part of anti-coronavirus measures.

The government said public servants and company employees will not be allowed to take paid vacations from December 24 to January 2.

It will also step up nationwide restrictions during the period, including a ban on events attended by large numbers of people.

The country confirmed 372 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, down significantly from the daily figure of more than 50,000 in July. But the government warns infections could surge during the period when many people travel.

Indonesia, which will hold the G20 presidency from next month, apparently wants to avoid any impact on a series of diplomatic meetings due to a possible surge in infections.

Many posts have appeared on social networks criticizing the restrictions, saying that workers have the right to take holidays.