Sidoarjo, E Java (ANTARA) - The Juanda International Airport is ready to implement the healthcare protocol guidelines drafted by state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I for its airports in anticipation of the new normal, an official said.

Commenting on the central government's decision to enforce a new normal in the wake of COVID-19, the airport's general manager, Colonel Heru Prasetyo, said: "The guideline can soon be socialized and implemented at Juanda International Airport.”

The new normal protocol guideline sets down standard operating procedures and conditions that passengers need to meet for domestic and international travel, he said, adding the guideline also prescribes preventive measures that airport operators need to apply.

The guideline is not just directed at passengers, but also all business partners and personnel of the East Java-based airport authority, he added.

The preventive measures prescribed for airports for containing the spread of the novel coronavirus disease include maintaining social and physical distancing, checking health documents, and scanning body temperature, he stated.

Authorities at the Juanda International Airport will ensure the cleanliness of all public facilities at the airport, including check-in counters, trollies, machines for self-check-in, boarding pass scanners, armchairs, and rest rooms, he informed.

As of May 28, 2020, the airport has handled 627 domestic flights carrying 14,016 passengers and 25 international flights (repatriation flights) carrying 1,113 passengers.

The airport authority has also handled transport of 1,507,366 kilograms of goods for domestic and 164,437 kilograms of goods for international routes.

On Wednesday (May 27, 2020), President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had unveiled his plan to expand the enforcement of the new normal order if transmission of COVID-19 significantly declines in the selected areas.

A day earlier, he had spoken about the deployment of TNI and police personnel at crowded points in four provinces and 25 cities and districts to secure the imposition of the COVID-19-related new normal order.

He also reviewed preparations for enforcing the standard operating procedures and preventive measures for halting the spread of COVID-19 in public areas, such as Central Jakarta's MRT stations and shopping malls in Bekasi, West Java.

President Jokowi has highlighted the government's decision would require people to be more disciplined in implementing healthcare protocols in all sectors of life, including bureaucracy, economy, and daily activities.

The order for controlling and preventing the spread of COVID-19 includes new values and norms, supported by the three basic mechanisms of an early detection system; a healthcare protocol system; and, a system for disseminating information on COVID-19 preventive measures. (INE)
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Translator: Indra S, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Suharto
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