Govt relaxes some policies as COVID-19 transmission tapers

Govt relaxes some policies as COVID-19 transmission tapers

A screenshot of Java-Bali Region Community Activities Restrictions (PPKM) Coordinator, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, at a virtual press conference. (ANTARA/Sugiharto Purnama/uyu)

It can bring disadvantages to all of us.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government has made several adjustments in the Java-Bali region, including opening fitness centers and international arrivals at Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, amid the sloping transmission of COVID-19.

According to Java-Bali Region Community Activities Restrictions (PPKM) Coordinator, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the opening of fitness centers will only be implemented in the Greater Jakarta, Greater Bandung, Greater Solo, Greater Semarang, Greater Surabaya, and the Special Region of Yogyakarta areas.

The statement was delivered at a press conference that was accessed online from here on Monday.

"Fitness centers may open with a maximum capacity of 25 percent by enforcing strict health protocols and screening through PeduliLindungi apps," he said.

He also informed that the food and beverage outlets in cinemas have been allowed to open. However, the capacity of the cinemas remains capped at 50 percent, Pandjaitan said. The policy will be applied in districts or cities with Level 3, 2, and 1 of PPKM, he said.

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"If there are further improvements next week, we will have another adjustment. I want to remind all people that we have to do it gradually and continuously as we do not want something out of control suddenly happening," the Java-Bali Region PPKM coordinator emphasized.

Furthermore, Ngurah Rai Airport will be opened for international arrivals on October 14, 2021 only if it meets the requirements regarding passengers’ quarantine, COVID-19 tests, and health protocol task force readiness, he added.

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In addition, all international passengers arriving at the airport will need to bring proof of hotel booking for self-quarantine for a minimum of 8 days at their own expense.

The other adjustment carried out by the government has been the opening of the Honda Developmental Basketball League – a basketball competition for middle and high school students -- in Jakarta and Surabaya, Pandjaitan said.

He reminded the public not to be careless as the slightest negligence could cause an increase in the number of cases and lead to tightening of the imposed policies.

"It can bring disadvantages to all of us," he emphasized.

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