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Kamis, 24 Desember 2020

Year-end Holidays; Bogor Requires Tourists to Take Rapid Antigen Test - Tempo.co English

Year-end Holidays; Bogor Requires Tourists to Take Rapid Antigen Test - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Bogor - Bogor Mayor Bima Arya confirmed that a negative result of a rapid antigen test letter is mandatory for people willing to visit tourist attractions in the city during Christmas and New Year holidays.

“Visitors are required to have a negative result of rapid test and swab tests taken at least three days before. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to enter tourist sites,” said Bima in Bogor on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.

The policy, he added, is part of the implementation of the micro-scale social restrictions (PSBMK) which takes effect beginning Wednesday to January 8, 2021.

According to the mayor, the rules were also applied in line with the policies issued by the Jakarta and the West Java Provincial Governments.

Bima called on the public to perform prayers at their respective homes during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The city administration restricted residents' activities outside the home given the high trend of Covid-19 cases in the region that reach around 70 per day.

During the PSBMK period, the Covid-19 handling task force along with the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) will tighten supervision in public places and conduct more intense patrols every day to ensure there are no crowds.

“Tourist site management that violates these regulations, allowing visitors without negative rapid test results, will be subject to sanctions, such as a warning letter, fines, up to the closure [of the business],” Bima said.

Read: Bogor Enacts Curfew, Bans Firecracker during Christmas, New Year

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2020-12-24 10:46:54Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1417413/year-end-holidays-bogor-requires-tourists-to-take-rapid-antigen-test

Rabu, 23 Desember 2020

Bogor Enacts Curfew, Bans Firecracker during Christmas, New Year - Tempo.co English

Bogor Enacts Curfew, Bans Firecracker during Christmas, New Year - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaBogor Regent Ade Yasin instructed public areas and crowd centers to close early during the Christmas and New Year holidays. He sets the curfew at 19:00.

"Business actors [must] limit their operating hours to no later than 19:00," Ade Yasin said in Cibinong, Tuesday, December 22.

The rule will be enacted from December 24 to 27 and from December 31 to January 3, 2021.

The regent's instruction also prohibits new year's eve celebration both indoors and outdoors, and bans the sales-purchase and use of firecrackers, fireworks, trumpets, and other types of celebratory props.

Ade Yasin said that business actors who violate the rules will be subject to sanctions in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

Read: No More Covid-19 Green Zone in Bogor Regency

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2020-12-23 12:17:56Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1417175/bogor-enacts-curfew-bans-firecracker-during-christmas-new-year

Selasa, 22 Desember 2020

No More Covid-19 Green Zone in Bogor Regency - Tempo.co English

No More Covid-19 Green Zone in Bogor Regency - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bogor Regency in West Java continues to record red zones for Covid-19 infection.

"Thirty-nine districts are categorized as red zones, one orange zone, and no green zone," said Bogor Regent Ade Yasin in Cibinong, Bogor Regency on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

One districts categorized as orange zone is located at the northern corner of Bogor Regency, which is the Tenjo District. Tenjo District records zero Covid-19 infection and two suspected infections.

Within the last week, since December 17, 2020, five districts categorized as orange zones are turning into red zones, such as Pamijahan on December 18, 2020, Tenjolaya on December 19, 2020, Cigudeg on December 20, and Nanggung on December 21, 2020.

As of Monday, December 21, 2020, the Bogor Regency Covid-19 Task Force recorded 4,740 Covid-19 patients with 3,987 patients recovered, 73 patients died, and 664 patients remains infected.

Bogor Regency Covid-19 Task Force spokesman Irwan Purnawan mentioned that although 39 out of 40 districts are categorized as red zones, but the national Covid-19 task force continues to note Bogor Regency as orange zone in general.

"Different methodology, we determine redzones based on the presence of a resident infected with Covid-19, meanwhile the national task force based on many factors, one of which is comparison with resident population," said Irwan.

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2020-12-22 17:00:42Z
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Senin, 21 Desember 2020

Bogor Botanical Garden's Orchid Park renovated for preservation - ANTARA English

Bogor Botanical Garden's Orchid Park renovated for preservation - ANTARA English

The Orchid Park at the Bogor Botanical Garden will certainly add to the existing facilities properly. It is also expected to increase the plant collection as part of our rich biodiversity

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, or PUPR, completed renovation of the Bogor Botanical Garden's Orchid Park to support conservation and preservation of orchid plant species outside their natural habitat, or ex situ.

"The Orchid Park at the Bogor Botanical Garden will certainly add to the existing facilities properly. It is also expected to increase the plant collection as part of our rich biodiversity," PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono noted in a statement here on Monday.

The park aids in adding to the aesthetic appeal of the Bogor Botanical Garden and contributes to the conservation of water and soil in addition to improving the air quality in urban areas, he remarked.

Related news: President wants Bogor botanical garden more attractive
Related news: Bogor Botanical Gardens celebrate 200th anniversary

It includes a main greenhouse spanning an area of 6,813 square meters and a tissue culture laboratory measuring 1,560 square meters.

The renovation work began on Dec 18, 2019. Developer PT Kemang Bangun Persada conducted the building rearrangement work at a contract value of Rp35.9 billion. Construction management was conducted by PT Elsadai Servo Cons - PT Bintang Perkasa Sejati (KSO), while the planners were PT Saranabudi Prakarsaripta - PT Wahana Reka Tekindo.

Development of the Orchid Park aligns with the botanical garden's five functions of conservation, research, education, tourism, and environmental services.

To support the preservation of biodiversity, the Ministry of PUPR, in collaboration with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), is currently managing the botanical garden areas in several provinces in Indonesia.

The central and regional governments are currently rearranging 12 botanical gardens functioning as ex-situ plant conservation centers, respectively in Bogor, Cibinong, Cibodas, Purwodadi, Bali, Liwa in West Lampung, Balikpapan, Kuningan, Baturraden, Banua, Jompie Parepare, and Kendari.

Of the total, the PUPR Ministry has completed the renovation of four botanical gardens, specifically the Bogor Botanical Gardens, Cibinong, Eka Karya in Bali, and Baturraden in Banyumas, Central Java Province. Related news: Bogor, Cibodas Botanical Gardens reopen to public from July 7
Related news: Jokowi calls on Indonesians to exercise to boost immune system



2020-12-21 08:26:23Z
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Kamis, 17 Desember 2020

Puncak Route Closed on New Year's Eve: Bogor Police - Tempo.co English

Puncak Route Closed on New Year's Eve: Bogor Police - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaBogor Resort Police ensured there will not be a Car Free Night (CFN) event along the Puncak route, West Java, despite it being closed for 12 hours on New Year’s Eve.

“[The route] is usually closed every year for a car-free night event, but this year it will not be so. It is not closed for CFN, but to anticipate crowds,” said the Resort Police Chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Roland Ronaldy in Cibinong, Thursday, Dec. 17.

According to him, the police has no longer issued a permit for crowds since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March. A total of 700 personnel, he added, will be deployed to secure the New Year’s Eve that will be centered in the route.

The Bogor Traffic Police Head First Inspector Dicky Pranata added that the 12-hours-long closure will start at Gadog toll gate, Ciawi, beginning at 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.

“In a bid to minimize traffic density and prevent Covid-19 transmission on the Puncak route on New Year’s Eve,” Dicky said.

People willing to reach Cianjur or Bandung around that time, Dicky explained, can take alternative routes via Sukabumi or Jonggol.

Also Read: COVID-19, Puncak Roadside Kiosk Visitors to be Dispersed

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2020-12-17 06:05:00Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1415319/puncak-route-closed-on-new-years-eve-bogor-police

Sabtu, 12 Desember 2020

Taman Safari Bogor Offers Circus Street Carnival on 2021 New Year's Eve - Tempo.co English

Taman Safari Bogor Offers Circus Street Carnival on 2021 New Year's Eve - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian safari park Taman Safari Bogor, West Java, will offer Circus Street Carnival attraction on 2021 New Year’s Eve. The safari park Public Relations Chief, Yulius H. Suprihardo ensures the implementation of tight health protocols during the event.

“Since West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil issued the reoperation permit of Taman Safari Bogor, we reassure the implementation of health measures in every sector for the staffs or visitors,” Yulius said Friday, December 11.

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil allowed the reopening of the tourist destination located in Cisarua, Bogor, on July 26.

Taman Safari Bogor General Manager, Emeraldo Parengkuan, explains that Circus Street Carnival will install bright-colored decorations at the Caravan Restaurant area, where the peak of New Year’s celebration is held. The event will feature various acrobatic attractions, such as animal education, music performance, games, even fire dance for visitors who stay the night at Safari Lodges Hotel.

Emeraldo says that staff and visitors must apply the health protocols; wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing. “We also regularly conduct the disinfection, check visitors’ temperature, implement non-cash transaction to avoid direct contact, and supervise the implementation of the health measures.”

Visitors must reserve a place to attend the New Year’s Eve event, which will be started early from 19:30 to 22:00, to meet the capacity set at the venue.

Read: Royal Safari Garden Offering Online Animal Edutainment

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2020-12-12 08:41:56Z
https://en.tempo.co/read/1413859/taman-safari-bogor-offers-circus-street-carnival-on-2021-new-years-eve

Kamis, 10 Desember 2020

Vaccinate teachers prior to school reopening: PGRI Bogor - Jakarta Post

Vaccinate teachers prior to school reopening: PGRI Bogor - Jakarta Post

The Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) of Bogor has requested the central government to vaccinate teachers prior to school reopening.

PGRI Bogor head Muhammad Usman Tonda expressed his hopes for a teachers’ vaccination program during a dialogue with members of the House of Representatives  Commission X on Tuesday.

Usman said, as quoted by antaranews.com, that both the central government and regional administrations should not rush to reopen schools without ensuring the teachers’ health and safety.

He argued that reopening schools would put teachers at risk of catching COVID-19.

National COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito had previously warned of potential new clusters emerging at schools after the central government gave regional administrations permission to resume on-campus learning in January 2021.

Wiku explained that in-classroom teaching could not be done instantaneously and should be carried out according to strict health protocols.

Responding to the issue, Bogor Mayor Bima Arya said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had chosen Bogor as one of the locations for a vaccination simulation.

He said the local administration had prepared a scheme to implement the program and identified priority groups for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bima assured that teachers were among the priority groups.

“If [the plan] goes well, we will start the vaccination program in January. Bogor has prepared 25 community health centers [Puskemas] for the program,” he added.

PGRI Bogor is not the only association that has expressed concerns over the reopening of schools next month.

The Association for Education and Teachers (P2G) also urged the government to check the readiness of each school before going ahead with the controversial plan amid the recent spike in new COVID-19 cases.

“Regional leaders, the Education and Culture Ministry and the Religious Affairs Ministry should map the schools [that want to reopen] and make sure they are ready to conduct face-to-face teaching safely in January 2021,” P2G advocacy head Iman Z. Haeri said on Tuesday as reported by tribunnews.com.

Both ministries should be proactive in making sure that schools are safe enough to reopen.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) had also asked the government to cancel school reopening if the regional elections went ahead as scheduled on Wednesday, citing concerns of COVID-19 transmission even if both events were conducted with health protocols.

“If the government still wants to hold the elections, then schools should not reopen in January. That way, we can avoid [a possible] spread [of COVID-19] from the elections, long year-end holidays and school reopening,” IDI COVID-19 task force spokesperson Zubairi Djoerban said on Saturday. (jes) 

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Rabu, 09 Desember 2020

PGRI Bogor urges government to vaccinate teachers prior to school reopening - Jakarta Post

PGRI Bogor urges government to vaccinate teachers prior to school reopening - Jakarta Post

The Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) of Bogor has requested the central government to vaccinate teachers prior to school reopening.

PGRI Bogor head Muhammad Usman Tonda expressed his hopes for a teachers’ vaccination program during a dialogue with members of the House of Representatives  Commission X on Tuesday.

Usman said, as quoted by antaranews.com, that both the central government and regional administrations should not rush to reopen schools without ensuring the teachers’ health and safety.

He argued that reopening schools would put teachers at risk of catching COVID-19.

National COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito had previously warned of potential new clusters emerging at schools after the central government gave regional administrations permission to resume on-campus learning in January 2021.

Wiku explained that in-classroom teaching could not be done instantaneously and should be carried out according to strict health protocols.

Read also: IDI urges govt to cancel school reopening

Responding to the issue, Bogor Mayor Bima Arya said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had chosen Bogor as one of the locations for a vaccination simulation.

He said the local administration had prepared a scheme to implement the program and identified priority groups for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Bima assured that teachers were among the priority groups.

“If [the plan] goes well, we will start the vaccination program in January. Bogor has prepared 25 community health centers [Puskemas] for the program,” he added.

PGRI Bogor is not the only association that has expressed concerns over the reopening of schools next month.

The Association for Education and Teachers (P2G) also urged the government to check the readiness of each school before going ahead with the controversial plan amid the recent spike in new COVID-19 cases.

“Regional leaders, the Education and Culture Ministry and the Religious Affairs Ministry should map the schools [that want to reopen] and make sure they are ready to conduct face-to-face teaching safely in January 2021,” P2G advocacy head Iman Z. Haeri said on Tuesday as reported by tribunnews.com.

Both ministries should be proactive in making sure that schools are safe enough to reopen.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) had also asked the government to cancel school reopening if the regional elections went ahead as scheduled on Wednesday, citing concerns of COVID-19 transmission even if both events were conducted with health protocols.

“If the government still wants to hold the elections, then schools should not reopen in January. That way, we can avoid [a possible] spread [of COVID-19] from the elections, long year-end holidays and school reopening,” IDI COVID-19 task force spokesperson Zubairi Djoerban said on Saturday. (jes) 

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.



2020-12-09 10:44:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/12/09/pgri-bogor-urges-government-to-vaccinate-teachers-prior-to-school-reopening.html

Selasa, 01 Desember 2020

Bogor hotels start to recover after months of hardship - Jakarta Post

Bogor hotels start to recover after months of hardship - Jakarta Post

Located a stone’s throw away from Jakarta, Bogor municipality in West Java is among the most popular destinations for short getaways.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the city’s tourism hard, with hotels suffering a drop in occupancy rates to as low as zero percent. In the pre-coronavirus days, occupancy ranged between 70 and 80 percent.

Thirty out of 33 star-rated hotels in Bogor were forced to close temporarily at the beginning of the outbreak.

It has been over eight months since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, and Bogor’s hospitality industry began to see signs of a gradual recovery starting July.

According to the Hotel General Manager Association’s (IHGMA) Bogor Raya chapter, the city’s hotel occupancy rate reportedly reached around 70 percent in November.

Bogor’s hotel occupancy rate is also the highest in West Java, standing at 39.32 percent in July and 56.82 percent in August, while the occupancy rate in other cities only reached 27.17 percent in July and 34.95 percent in August.

Antara news agency reported that the recovery was driven by large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), which emphasized the adaptation of so-called “new normal” habits.

The policy has since been relaxed, providing room for businesses across sectors to reopen.

“Ministries and other organizations started to hold meetings in Bogor in November,” said IHGMA Bogor Raya chapter chairman Eka Gartika.

Meanwhile, hotel owners have also implemented health protocols and obtained cleanliness, health, safety and environmental sustainability (CHSE) certifications.

The Bogor Culture and Tourism Agency has also been raising awareness about the implementation of CHSE to ensure all hotels in the area comply with health protocols.

The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association’s (PHRI) Bogor chairman, Yuno Abeta Lahay, said that CHSE certification was also a demonstration of the hotels’ commitment to improving their services amid the pandemic.

“The implementation of CHSE protocols is one of the best ways to provide safety and comfort for consumers amid the pandemic,” said Yuno.

The Bogor administration has launched various measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

In September, the Bogor Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), for instance, closed down 10 villas and lodgings in North Tugu, Cisarua, following reports of COVID-19 protocol violations.

“We [sealed the villas] after an enforcement unit found that the owners had been renting the villas and [lodgings] to the public,” Agus said.

He said the owners had failed to abide by Bogor Regent Regulation No. 60/2020 on the PSBB, which prohibited the renting of villas and accommodations to curb the spread of COVID-19. The local Satpol PP, according to Agus, had also been cracking down on other local businesses found to have violated health protocols. (jes)

 

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From Bogor to Putrajaya: Building strategic trust in APEC - Jakarta Post

From Bogor to Putrajaya: Building strategic trust in APEC - Jakarta Post

The year 2020 is crucial for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Not only are we celebrating achievements after a quarter century of implementing the Bogor Goals of free and open trade, but we are at a crossroads: of conceding to major power rivalries or collaborating to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic – together. When Indonesia and other APEC leaders proclaimed the Bogor Goals on Nov. 16, 1994, it was with the hope of bringing together the aspirations of the people in both developing and developed economies. It was launched and the target was set for 2020 to overcome the challenges of that time: globalization. Since the inception of the Bogor Goals, APEC economies have enjoyed great progress in increasing trade and investment while reducing poverty. APEC’s total merchandise trade almost quintupled between 1994 and 2019 from US$4.1 trillion to $19 trillion a...



2020-12-01 18:00:00Z
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Pandemic-hit Bogor hotels starting to recover after months of hardship - Jakarta Post

Pandemic-hit Bogor hotels starting to recover after months of hardship - Jakarta Post

Located a stone’s throw away from Jakarta, Bogor municipality in West Java is among the most popular destinations for short getaways.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the city’s tourism hard, with hotels suffering a drop in occupancy rates to as low as zero percent. In the pre-coronavirus days, occupancy ranged between 70 and 80 percent.

Thirty out of 33 star-rated hotels in Bogor were forced to close temporarily at the beginning of the outbreak.

It has been over eight months since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, and Bogor’s hospitality industry began to see signs of a gradual recovery starting July.

According to the Hotel General Manager Association’s (IHGMA) Bogor Raya chapter, the city’s hotel occupancy rate reportedly reached around 70 percent in November.

Bogor’s hotel occupancy rate is also the highest in West Java, standing at 39.32 percent in July and 56.82 percent in August, while the occupancy rate in other cities only reached 27.17 percent in July and 34.95 percent in August.

Antara news agency reported that the recovery was driven by large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), which emphasized the adaptation of so-called “new normal” habits.

The policy has since been relaxed, providing room for businesses across sectors to reopen.

“Ministries and other organizations started to hold meetings in Bogor in November,” said IHGMA Bogor Raya chapter chairman Eka Gartika.

Read also: Bogor imposes curfew amid rise in COVID-19 cases

Meanwhile, hotel owners have also implemented health protocols and obtained cleanliness, health, safety and environmental sustainability (CHSE) certifications.

The Bogor Culture and Tourism Agency has also been raising awareness about the implementation of CHSE to ensure all hotels in the area comply with health protocols.

The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association’s (PHRI) Bogor chairman, Yuno Abeta Lahay, said that CHSE certification was also a demonstration of the hotels’ commitment to improving their services amid the pandemic.

“The implementation of CHSE protocols is one of the best ways to provide safety and comfort for consumers amid the pandemic,” said Yuno.

The Bogor administration has launched various measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

In September, the Bogor Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), for instance, closed down 10 villas and lodgings in North Tugu, Cisarua, following reports of COVID-19 protocol violations.

“We [sealed the villas] after an enforcement unit found that the owners had been renting the villas and [lodgings] to the public,” Agus said.

He said the owners had failed to abide by Bogor Regent Regulation No. 60/2020 on the PSBB, which prohibited the renting of villas and accommodations to curb the spread of COVID-19. The local Satpol PP, according to Agus, had also been cracking down on other local businesses found to have violated health protocols. (jes)

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.



2020-12-01 09:47:00Z
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/12/01/pandemic-hit-bogor-hotels-starting-to-recover-after-months-of-hardship.html