BALI HAS ENTERED THE NEW NORMAL ERA

The implementation of the New Normal has been agreed upon by the regents and mayors of Bali.

The Bali Provincial Government has designed three stages related to the New Normal.

The first phase on July 9th relaxes movement for local residents. The second phase (July 31) expands the tourism sector for domestic tourists. While if all goes well, the third phase starting on September 11, 2020 will open the island to foreign tourists.

“All of this will be evaluated at every stage and we hope that everything goes well according to plan” Koster said in Denpasar on Thursday.

Koster also released a Circular Letter concerning the protocols of living in the New Era across 14 sectors.

The 14 sectors are public services, transportation, customs and religion, arts and cultural activities, agriculture, and trade.

Other sectors covered are financial, construction, health, environmental management and social institutions, public facilities, tourism, law & order.

The education sector has not yet been formally opened up because it is still awaiting directives from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The tourism sector is permitted to open activities such as aquatic tourism, which includes beaches and lakes. However, these attractions are only opened for local Balinese people.

Nocturnal entertainment including spas, karaoke, bars, night clubs, and discos are not yet permitted to open.

“There are no curfew restrictions, but there are activities that are restricted and activities such as discos, clubs, karaoke bars and entertainment spas are prohibited” Koster said.

This is due to the fact that these places promote crowds forming at one point or location.

The circular also permitted to city parks to open throughout Bali.

Previously city parks were closed to the public to prevent crowds.

In the circular, the aforementioned 14 sectors are required to implement health protocols.

In summary, the protocol requires managers, employees and visitors to utilize masks and face shields.

Next, check body temperature, wash hands, keep a minimum distance of 1 meter, and limit the number of visitors. The local environment should be regularly cleaned with disinfectant.

Managers, employees, and visitors are also prohibited from carrying out activities if they are sick or have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Related to the circular, Koster invited regents and mayors in each region to reinforce and add further detail in accordance with the conditions of their regions.

He also asked to conduct large scale socialization of the message and simulate the implementation of this New Normal.

Koster added, the implementation of the New Normal must be carried out with the principle of caution and that activities that cause crowds and are difficult to control should be avoided at present.

“The principle is (to be) gradual, selective, and limited” he said.

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