Government officials have extended the community-based partial lockdown in Bali for another two weeks. The new date for the lockdown will last at least until April 5. The Head of COVID-19 Handling Committee and National Economic Recovery, Airlangga Hartanto made the announcement during a virtual press conference on Friday (19/3). “We decided to extend the partial lockdown from the 23rd of March to the 5th of April 2021 with some leniency on the implementation,” Hartanto said.
He said that in-person learning for university/college students will begin to reopen as simulation.
“We will start the simulation of in-person learning for the college students under strict prevention protocols in accordance with the regional government’s regulation per each district, while the elementary and secondary students remain with the virtual classes” Hartanto added.
He also granted permission for people to hold social and cultural activities under certain conditions. “We will start allowing people to hold social and cultural activity but only with 25 percent of their maximum capacity. The other restrictions will remain the same, the restaurants and offices are allowed to operate with 50 percent of their capacity” Hartanto concluded.
Meanwhile, the central government also decided to add 5 other provinces to implement this partial lockdown in their areas such as South Borneo, Central Borneo, North Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, and West Nusa Tenggara.
Hartanto said that community-based partial lockdown has been showing a positive result in reducing Covid-19 transmission in Bali, adding that 90% of the people in Bali are compliant with the prevention protocols.