Daily Archives: June 7, 2020

New normal: Govt prepares budget for traditional markets

Jakarta  The Presidential Staff Office is preparing a budget to implement measures to prevent traditional markets from becoming COVID-19 clusters in the new normal era.

“I believe the government has prepared quite a substantial budget to handle COVID-19 and respond to its impact, and with regard to traditional markets, there are budgets being prepared to ensure they do not become clusters of COVID-19 spread,” said Main Expert Staff of the Presidential Staff Office, Donny Gahral Adian, during a virtual discussion in Jakarta on Saturday.

According to him, the budget can be allocated for laying drainage, opening new land to implement distancing between sellers, providing a place to visitors to wash hands, among other measures.

“Such issues have certainly become concerns because the most important thing is that now public places must implement health protocols with existing infrastructure,” he noted.

He also said President Joko Widodo wants more focus to be accorded to the execution of health protocols and more attention to be given to preparations, so that traditional markets do not become transmission clusters.

“These (traditional markets) are the most crowded places for the middle to lower class, so of course, the government will focus attention on traditional markets, of which we have quite a lot,” he pointed out.

He said he believed that the focus has been given and stressed that the most important thing for now is that all stakeholders work together to ensure protocols are enforced in all sectors, especially in traditional markets.

“Because if this health protocol is not carried out with discipline in traditional markets, and people do not use masks or diligently wash their hands, it (preventive efforts) would be useless. I think there would be a system created so that things like that can be avoided,” he said. (INE)


Source: Antara News


Pilot planned in Nusa Dua for new normal tourism


Jakarta  The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is planning to launch a pilot project in Nusa Dua, Bali to promote tourism in the area under the new normal, an official said.

The pilot will be implemented under the Cleanliness, Health and Safety (CHS) program for tourism destinations, which is aimed at preparing them to receive travelers.

Nusa Dua was chosen for the pilot because its location is strategic as well as exclusive, thus making it easier to be monitored, and it also has several supporting facilities, including accommodation, amenities, and an international standard hospital.

“Indonesia, like many other nations, is currently focusing on new normal readiness as part of preparations for welcoming back tourists. The CHS is what we are preparing,” Nia Niscaya, a marketing official with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, said in a statement.

“We are optimistic that we will able to provide tourists with a new, interesting experience. Before reopening, we need to build our confidence that (we) can give them a feeling of safety and comfort,” she added. The ministry has chalked out a phased implementation of the CHS program to gain tourist confidence and increase the appeal of tourist destinations.

The first phase includes preparing CHS protocols and disseminating them via tutorial videos and guidance books among tourism stakeholders, besides carrying out training, simulation, publication, campaigns, and implementing the CHS.

In the second phase, the ministry will roll out some programs, such as Mega Famtrip, that would involve key opinion leaders, mediapersons, travel agents, and tour operators. In addition, it will manage a joint promotion with airlines of tourism packages.

“However, we emphasize here that reopening would depend on the decision by the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling and the local government, since each tourism destination has a different situation,” Niscaya noted.


Source: Antara News

COVID-19 shifts tourism focus to safe, responsible travel


The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has brought the world to a standstill, with people around the globe confined to their homes over the last three months at least to break the chain of virus transmission.

As countries race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, their tourism and hospitality industries, which have been crippled by the pandemic, are trying to revive and adapt their businesses by implementing stringent health protocols.

Tourism and hospitality industries are now working to ensure guests and clients stay safe, healthy and comfortable by implementing physical distancing measures and stringent health protocols.

Tourists are being advised to stay safe and travel responsibly by following the WHO’s simple, but effective, guidelines, such as washing hands regularly and thoroughly, avoiding shaking hands or touching the face, staying away from crowded places, and where possible, maintaining at least one-meter distance from other people.

Indonesia is one of the countries that are eager to initiate a recovery in their tourism and hospitality industries, which have been dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Central Statistics Agency (BPS) head Suhariyanto, foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia fell sharply by 87.44 percent to 160 thousand in April, 2020 from 1.27 million in April, 2019. Compared with March, foreign tourist arrivals declined 66.02 percent in April. Meanwhile, the number of foreign tourists arriving at airports in April, 2020 plunged by 99.90 percent compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.


Source: Antara News


Terror suspect from Solo dies of illness in jail: National Police

Jakarta  The National Police has said that Bagus Kurniawan (26), a terror suspect from Solo, Central Java, died of illness while being jailed in the Police’s Mobile Brigade detention center in Cikeas, West Java.

“Based on a medical diagnosis, the patient, who died, had suffered from prolonged fever, plus sepsis suspected infection, meningitis plus pleural effusion. The hospital recommended an autopsy to find out the definite cause of his death,” Chief of the National Police’s Public Information Bureau Brigadier General Awi Setiyono said in a statement here on Saturday evening.

Bagus Kurniawan passed away on Tuesday (June 2) at R Said Sukanto Police Hospital located in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta.

The terror suspect had complained of having fever, nausea and vomiting on Monday (June 1) at around 10:21 a.m. local time.

He was immediately given first aid by a medical team and later transferred to the police hospital.

Upon his arrival at the hospital, the detainee was taken to the emergency room to be given intensive medical treatment. However, on Tuesday (June 2) , at around noon, he died.

His body was brought home by his family on Thursday (June 4). The family had signed a letter refusing an autopsy for Bagus Kurniawan’s body as there were no signs of violence in his body. The family later buried him in Sukoharjo, Central Java. Bagus Kurniawan had been detained at the Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) prison in Cikeas, since November 27, 2019.

He had been arrested for alleged involvement in a terrorism case on June 3, 2019. The documents for his trial were being processed by prosecutors and expected to be ready on June 12, 2020.

Bagus Kurniawan was known to have a passion for terrorism since 2014. At that time, he had already been interested in the ISIS group he had known on Facebook, according to the police’s statement.

In 2015, Bagus had joined one of the terror groups planning to attack the police station or police personnel in Solo.

Before carrying out attacks, they had first attended a physical training including how to shoot.


Source: Antara News

Ministry to help recovery of Gili Matra marine tourism in NTB


Kuta, Bali  The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) is ready to help the recovery of marine tourism industry in Gili Matra, North Lombok District, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, following a plan on the implementation of the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NTB Province is one of Indonesia’s international tourism icons, hence the revival efforts of its tourism sector by applying stringent health protocols must be guided up to the technical details, according to Aryo Hanggono, the ministry’s Director General of Marine Space Management (PRL).

“I hope the (new normal) concepts that have been obtained from various sources, including from virtual meetings held by the CTF, can become input in the application of new normal protocols up to the technical implementation level in the field,” he said in a statement here on Sunday.

Gili Matra covering 2,954 ha area, is a national water conservation area currently being managed by the KKP’s Kupang National Water Conservation Office (BKKPN).

Over the last 10 months, the Gili Matra marine park has contributed state revenues amounting to Rp3.5 billion. Some 35,621 tourists mostly from Europe, America, Australia and several Asian countries, visited Gili Matra particularly for diving in its crystal clear waters.

In addition to the health protocols, the Gili Matra tourism industry must also follow the new normal tourism protocols concerning the preservation of the environment.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Kupang BKKPN, Ikram M. Sangadji, expressed his hope that the new normal implementation in Gili Matra could become a pilot project for new normal application in other areas.

Gili Matra has so far been categorized as a green zone of the COVID-19 transmission.

“The implementation of the new normal tourism protocols in Gili Matra is expected to make local and foreign tourists feel safe and travel responsibly while visiting NTB,” he said.


Source: Antara News