Bali Governor Wayan Koster. (Picture: humas pemprov Bali)
Bali Governor Wayan Koster. (Picture: humas pemprov Bali)

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali extends the micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM) starting February 23 to March 8, 2021. Stage 2 of PPKM micro is expected to reduce the number of new confirmed cases to two digits.

Bali Governor Wayan Koster said that the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan assessed that the first stage of PPKM micro had not achieved the results as expected. This refers to the trend of additional confirmed case numbers, which are still at 3 digits.

“There was a decrease, but not so significant. The recovery rate was quite high, but it was not as expected either. And the death rate was still stagnant,” Governor Koster said on Sunday (21/2/2021).

Koster also highlighted health protocols violation involving foreign nationals and encouraged firm action for foreigners who violate the protocols.

“There’s no special treatment for foreigners when we are quite firm to our own people,” he said.

The governor also wanted the effort to tighten supervision of Domestic Travelers (PPDN) entering Bali through the Gilimanuk Port. Other points are Bali is encouraged to intensify the implementation of 3T (testing, tracing, treatment). For each new case, the tracing is expected to be conducted on 20 to 30 people.

“If (the case) is still high, it will also take a longer time for the economy to recover. The recent high number of cases has made domestic tourist arrivals drop significantly,” he explained.

Governor Koster hoped that this will become a serious concern for the Regents / Mayor and all components that have been involved in efforts to control Covid-19 in Bali. Koster said that he understands that the pandemic has drained a lot of energy.

“I understand, our officers are tired and the society too. But we still have to pay serious attention,” he said.

The implementation of PPKM in the next two weeks is more or less the same as before. Offices should apply for 50 percent Work From Office (WFO) and 50 percent Work From Home (WFH), schools still apply the online system, shopping center operating hours are limited to 9 PM.  Dine-in for restaurants is also limited to 9 PM with visitors of only 50 percent of the capacity, and is allowed to open past 9 PM but only for take away.

Meanwhile, customary, religious, social, and cultural activities are permitted by implementing strict health protocols. If necessary, the government will facilitate rapid antigen tests to make it safer.

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