Tjok Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati

The Vice Governor About the Lockdown of Bali 

The Deputy Governor of Bali Tjok Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati stresses that until now there has been no decision from the Bali Provincial Government to take steps to isolate or lockdown the island.

On Sunday (3/15) Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati accompanied by the Regional Secretary of the Bali Province Dewa Made Indra conducted spraying disinfectant at two public facility points at the Nusa Penida Crossing Pier, Mertasari Beach and the area around the Griya Santrian Hotel in Sanur.

Tjok Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati reminded that many activities that involve many people should be postponed as the measure to stop the spreading of COVID-19. 

Large events involving many people such as the Commemoration of the PKK Movement Unity Day (HKG), a number of festivals planned to be held in March and April will be postponed. 

"For us the priority now is the safety and security of the Balinese people," said Deputy Governor.
The Pengerupukan ogoh-ogoh parade in Denpasar as well as in other districts were cancelled. The parades of ogoh-ogoh are suggested to be carried out only in the banjar or customary village environment.

This was the result of a joint meeting between heads of villages (Bendesa) in Denpasar City, representatives of Denpasar City Health Office and Denpasar City Communication and Information Agency on Saturday (3/14/2020).

Also there were some recommendations about the virus prevention that developed during the meeting. 

It is recommended for the participants of the religious processions on Melasti day and Pengerupukan day to wash their hands with soap placed in each village temple. In same villages the processions of ogoh-ogoh are cancelled and the evaluation of the figures that take part in village competitions will be done without the parades. People who are sick, experiencing symptoms of colds, coughs, and fever are recommended to not attend the parades and processions.

"Then we will also make banners in the banjars, temples, or wishes as promotive actions, socialization about the prevention of coronavirus," explained Dewa Made Indra.


The source: Bali Post, Tribun Bali

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