The Bali government supports President Widodo’s request to distribute free face masks while implementing health protocols in Bali. The President recently stated that in implementing health protocols, provincial governments should not only instruct people to wear face masks but also distribute them free of charge.
“I urge officials in all regions to not only enforce mask-wearing but also start to hand out free masks, as many people are probably financially incapable of buying proper face masks” President Jokowi said during an event at the presidential palace in Jakarta on Thursday (11/2).
In response to this statement, the Head of Bali Senator from Commission III, Ida Gede Komang Kresna Budi, urged officials across the island to begin executing this idea.
“Officials need to provide quality face masks approved by W.H.O to effectively prevent transmission of Covid-19,” Kresna Budi added.
He added it’s unsanitary to reuse the same mask too often, yet due to the current economic conditions, many people are unable to afford new masks every so often.
“If the partial lockdown succeeds in reducing virus transmission, I think the most important thing to be enforced mask-wearing and not the curfew,” Budi added.
Budi urged the provincial government to consider allocating a budget towards free masks for the people in Bali.
Additionally, he suggests the governor secure food aid for people in case they decide to extend the partial lockdown once again.
The President also reminds officials in all regions to improve the implementation of 3T (Testing, Tracing, Treatment) program in order to stop virus transmission as vaccines are being distributed.
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