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Government To Provide Food Aid For Covid-19 Patients in Bali

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The adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have crippled the tourism sector of Bali, increased unemployment rates, and caused a partial lockdown devastating local businesses. The government of Denpasar has stepped in to provide some form of relief to its residents.

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The Denpasar municipal government plans to provide food packages as a form of assistance to COVID-19 patients in need.

The Spokesman of Denpasar COVID-19 Handling Task Force, I Dewa Made Rai, said that the assistance program will be provided to people confirmed with the virus only.

“In 2021, Denpasar city government plans to hand out 2,500 packages for the people that are isolated due to the infection of COVID-19” Made Rai said.

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He added that the government plans to introduce an assistance program called Productive Stimulus Assistance (BSP) in the near future.

The BSP will support 1,680 residents, including disabled citizens, to launch a small business during the pandemic in the form of USD107 (IDR 1.5 million) cash assistance per individual.

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Meanwhile, in regards to the two week extension of the partial lockdown in Bali, the provincial government has revised the decree.

A change has been made to the 9pm curfew imposed on businesses, as they will now be required to cease operations by 8pm.

Small businesses such as evening food stalls are most affected by the revision as they potentially lose numerous customers due to shorter operating hours.

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