Places of worship and restaurants will be allowed to operate at 25 percent of their capacity, while shopping centers may stay open until 8 p.m. at up to 50 percent of their capacity, President Joko Widodo said.
On Tuesday, restaurants, malls and places of worship were set to reopen in the densely populated island of Java, which includes Jakarta and has a population of about 140 million, and Bali, a popular resort island, as well as other regions.
Cases in Indonesia peaked in mid-July but have since declined by 78 percent, Mr. Widoo said at a virtual news briefing on Monday. He added that the number of people recovering from the virus is now higher than the number of people testing positive for it.
But while the government’s official tally shows a drop in cases, the World Health Organization warned that the data might be inaccurate because the rate of testing has also slowed.
“Urgent action is needed to address the continuing surge of cases,” the W.H.O. said in a statement released last week, noting continued outbreaks in parts of Indonesia.
On average, more than 1,000 people in Indonesia continue to die every day from the virus, down from around 1,500 a day in early August. So far, just 12 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, according to data from the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford.
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Eduardo Medina contributed reporting.