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Maryati

13
May

Being amid large-scale social restrictions due to covid-19 does not limit people to enjoy life, especially for coffee lovers. Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy / Tourism Creative Economy Agency cooperates with Jakarta Good Guide’s community presenting "Ngabuburit Wisata Kopi" or in English means Waiting for Iftar time of virtually coffee trip. This attracts tourists to search cluster of coffee’s places in Jakarta, complete with interesting stories behind it.

The coffee trip enables anybody to learn history of the coffee, development of the coffee from time to time, until the coffee does not only become one of favorite beverages but also it becomes people’s life style. Coffee stalls have stories which can be explored. One of the coffee stalls is the first one which still exists in Jakarta and there are many other coffee stalls. So, we can improve our knowledge while enjoying delicious coffee.

During the virtual trip for two hours, 200 participants were taken to some iconic coffee stalls in Jakarta, beginning from coffee shop of Luwak Gondangdia, Sedap Jaya Jatinegara, Warung Tinggi, and Warung Kopi Takkie. Besides, there are also Phoenam, Kwang Koan, Kong Djie and Bakoel Koffie. The virtual trip presents not only new experience and knowledge on coffee and legend places of coffee in Jakarta, but also how Covid-19 pandemic bringing us to "New Normal" condition. People are shown how digital technology and media carry us to the routine and new life.

13
May

COVID-19 pandemic hasn't ended yet. Some countries, which had started to relax the lockdown rules, returned to their original policies. The World Health Organization reiterates the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in several countries that have relaxed restrictions.

WHO Director General, Thedros Adhanom identified new cases  in Germany, China and South Korea after the governments lifted restrictions.

Recebtly, the local government in Wuhan China has announced the existence of new COVID-19 cases. Actually, one month after the lockdown policy was lifted, there were no new cases recorded in Wuhan.  It was reported from Germany that there were  new  cases after the government had gradually reopened business activities.

In Korea, students must continue to learn from home. The South Korean government had originally announced that on Wednesday 13 May, schools would be reopened. But the plan was cancelled because of the new COVID-19 case.

Learning from home is going to be extended over the coming week. In South Korea, positive cases of Covid-19 went up last weekend  and reached nearly 11 thousand people with 35 new cases. South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, the increase in cases occurred due to social interactions at nightclubs.

Therefore, in addition to extending teaching and learning activities at home, the South Korean government decided to close all night entertainment facilities around Seoul. Local authorities are trying to trace down thousands of visitors to Itaiwon, an entertainment district in Seoul.

From the data reported by WHO and the actions and policies taken by the governments of South Korea and Germany, it is proven that the corona pandemic still threatens various corners of the world. Even Wuhan, which is the origin of the spread of Corona, and has been declared free, is proven to still record new cases of COVID-19.

The governments in countries stricken with the COVID-19 pandemic must not be careless. People must also refrain from feeling free without restrictions. Precautions and emergency measures must still be carried out in countries that have the potential to have new COVID-19 infections, including in Indonesia.

11
May

Since 1930, Air Sanih has been well-known as tourism object by local people. The difference between Yeh Sanih pool and other pools is that Yeh Sanih has natural water that comes from original water spring which is usually called ‘Yeh Kelebutan’. Its water spring comes from underground river flowing down from Batur Lake.   

Yeh Sanih pool consists of two pools. One pool is for adult because its depth is one and a half meters and another for kids. 

Yeh Sanih bathing place is quite unique, because its water is not salty, whereas its location is very close to Lovina beach. Besides, there is a myth if there is a young couple who takes bath at Yeh Sanih pool, so their relations will be lasting. The myth is still believed until now.  

Yeh Sanih is located at Sanih village, Kubutambahan district which has a distance around 17 kilometers in the East of Singaraja City, Bali. From Denpasar to this tourism object, it takes around 3 hours by motor vehicles.

11
May

A few days ago, the government of Indonesia issued Circular No. 4 of 2020 concerning the Criteria for Limiting Travel for Persons in the Context of the Covid-19 Handling. In the Circular Letter issued by the Task Force for the Acceleration of Covid-19 Handling, the criteria for the exclusion of traveling by public transportation are for certain people who must do activities related to handling Covid-19. Such people are those who work in government or private institutions that carry out service activities for the Acceleration of Covid-19 Handling, specifically in the fields of defense, security and public order, health services, basic services, supporting services for basic services, and services of important economic functions.

Other exceptions are made for patients who need emergency health services or people whose core family members have been seriously ill or have died. In addition, the exception is also for repatriation of Indonesian citizens abroad, especially Migrant Workers and students and the repatriation of people for special reasons by the government to the area of origin, in accordance with applicable regulations.

This Circular regulates the requirements that must be met before traveling using public transportation such as planes, ships, trains and inter-city buses, namely by showing ID cards, letter of assignments, negative test results of  Covid-19, and so forth.

Although the requirements are quite strict, supervision still needs to be done. It is possible that there are certain elements who try to take advantage of this opportunity by manipulating the required documents just because they want to go home or on vacation. It is important to do an earlier and more thorough examination to avoid violations. One more thing that is also important is to ensure that transport companies and passengers continue to run the Covid-19 health protocol, such as physical distancing while in the mode of transportation.