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With increasing cases of Covid-19 in Indonesia, the Provincial Government of Bali on Tuesday (17/3) announced new restrictions to the Ogoh-Ogoh parade to prevent the spread of the virus.
Based on a circular issued by the Bali Provincial Government together with Parisadha Hindu Dharma Indonesia (leading Hindu Organization) and the local Village Chambers (MDA) related to Hari Raya Nyepi (the Balinese Day of Silence) which falls on March 25, 2020, PHDI will not prohibit residents or Hindus from continuing to march in Ogoh-Ogoh parades, but the events must follow the applicable provisions.
The parade time will be limited to 2 hours, from 17.00 to 19.00 Central Indonesia Time on March 24, 2020. Processions will only be permitted in the local banjars or traditional village areas.
“The persons responsible shall be the Bendesa Adat and Prajuru (community/ village leaders) to manage the parades in an orderly and disciplined manner,” said Sudiana.
Meanwhile, Bali Governor I Wayan Koster stressed that tourists or foreign visitors are prohibited from watching the Ogoh-Ogoh parade this year.
“It must not be done, it is restricted and there must be no visitors. Participants must be limited,” Koster said.
This is in line with the efforts of the Provincial Government of Bali to suppress the transmission of Covid-19 on the Island of the Gods, by limiting activities involving many people.
The limitation of these activities is one of the five work agendas planned by the Bali Provincial Covid-19 Task Force.