Malls in Bali reopen today to trial run health protocols

A worker in protective suit sprays disinfectant at the entrance of Beachwalk Shopping Center in Kuta. Photo: Facebook
A worker in protective suit sprays disinfectant at the entrance of Beachwalk Shopping Center in Kuta. Photo: Facebook

Malls across Bali have reopened to the public starting today in a “health protocol trial run,” as the province gears up for the possibility of leveling down on the tiered version of the Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (PPKM) soon. 

Though Bali remains on Level 4 PPKM until at least Sept. 13, the current iteration of the restrictions allows for malls to reopen for a trial run. Popular establishments, such as Mal Bali Galeria, Beachwalk Shopping Center, and Samasta Lifestyle Village are accessible again for the public.

According to a Ministerial Instruction issued by Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian, malls in Bali are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity from 10am to 9pm, while implementing strict health protocols. This includes downloading test and trace app PeduliLindungi, which would be used to scan visitors before entering the facility and help determine whether they meet the requirements to be granted entry, such as having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

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In addition, those below 12 years old and above 70 years old are strictly prohibited from entering malls, while movie theaters and kids’ playing areas are among the facilities that must remain closed for the time being. 

“Restaurants or cafes located inside shopping centers or malls must only accept deliveries or take-aways, and cannot accept dine-in [patrons],” the official instruction reads.

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