Plans for work from home, online school during G20 Summit in Bali next month: Official

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan. Photo: Ministry handout
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan. Photo: Ministry handout

The G20 Summit is just around the corner and public officials have constantly been harping on about measures to ensure the prestigious event runs smoothly – the latest being reinstating working and learning from home policies.

The idea was first brought up by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan earlier this week, who called upon the Bali Provincial Government to reduce public activities during the summit.

“I think this will not be a problem because during COVID-19 [pandemic], we were used to online activities and this is very helpful during organizing the G20 Summit,” he said in a statement.

While no formal policies have been officially announced yet, the idea was seconded by Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, or Cok Ace, yesterday.

Speaking to reporters in Sanur, Cok Ace said that work-from-home and online school policies will only be reintroduced briefly during the event, set to take place next month.

“When [the G20 Summit] is over, so will these policies,” he said.

Bali has, indeed, been doing everything it can to spruce up before the event, including shutting down the island’s biggest landfill, only allowing electric cars around the summit’s  venue in Nusa Dua, and erecting barriers surrounding sidewalks to ensure only pedestrians can access them (as things should be).

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