Due to (COVID-19) spread worldwide, Indonesia, especially Bali government, has taken further measures to flatten the curve to contain its range of spread. The “curve” refers to the projected number of people who will transmitted COVID-19 over a while. The curve takes on different range, depending on the virus infection rate in every region. A flatter curve assumes the same number of people ultimately get infected, but over a more extended period. And we really need to understand that if we want to flatten the curve and get through of this pandemic, everyone needs to do their part.
Current situation in Bali
As of 6:00pm on 21 April 2020, there have been 150 confirmed cases (consist of 142 Indonesian citizens and 8 foreigners) of COVID-19 in Bali and a total of 7,418 confirmed cases throughout Indonesia.
Mass gathering in Bali has been banned. All tourist destinations and sites, especially beaches, are temporarily closed until further notice. Some cafes, restaurants, and bar also shut down their operation, but some offering delivery or take out service
For travel restriction in Bali, as per the 20 March, Indonesia government strongly urges that Indonesia citizens restrict travel aboard. Besides, the government has also suspended visa-free foreign citizen visits for one month. Therefore, every foreigner who will visit Indonesia is required to have a Visa from an Indonesian Representative following the purpose and purpose of the visit. When applying for a visa, you must attach a health certificate issued by the health authority in each country.
If the travel history shows that in the last 14 days the person concerned has visited this country (Iran, Italy, Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and United Kingdom), then the person concerned may be refused entry to Indonesia.
Advice for those currently in Bali
Use face mask
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Bali has officially mandated that everyone must wear a face mask when outside their home. This applies to all residents and visitors. Using a cloth face mask, surgical mask, or N95 respirator helps slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus from transmitting it to others.
The risk for us if we don’t stay at home is still considered high. It is recommended that we are not going out home with a nonessential purpose. So, avoid crowds – especially in closed spaces. Practice social distancing and follow the social distancing guidelines.
Wash your hand
Wash your hand regularly with soap water, especially after coughing or sneezing. It is a pretty straightforward concept, but we can make it fun to do. First, wash hands for 20 seconds and sing “Happy Birthday” song as the count keeper. Remember to wash your nail, cuticles, thumb, and don’t forget the back of your hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Seek Medical Attention
If you develop a fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough 14 days after you have returned, it is recommended that you stay indoors and immediately seek medical attention mentioning your recent trip. It is recommended to call 1500451 or 0361-251177; we also can send a thorough message Whatsapp on 085792240799 (For Bahasa) or 081357580900 (For English).
It’s hard to say in this current situation, we should hit the pause button for our wanderlust. Your health and the wellbeing of your loved ones are what matter most. But don’t stop dreaming; it is time for us to learn and be inspired. Bali’s endless natural beauties will continue to wait for you.