Free Quarantine Hotels at an End in Bali

People being provided free-of-charge quarantine accommodation in Bali have been given until 27 February to check out from the State-sponsored hotel room. 

As reported by Nusa Bali, those in quarantine comprised of COVID-19 positive patients manifesting no symptoms, light symptoms, and health workers testing positive for the coronavirus must now prepare to self-isolate at their place of residence at their own expense. 

The placement of new patients at quarantine hotels ended on Friday, 19 February.

The abrupt end to government-sponsored quarantine accommodation is blamed on the depletion of ready funds (Dana Siap Pakai – DPS) used to compensate accommodation owners. 

Dewa Made Indra, the Provincial Secretary for the Province of Bali who also serves as the daily operational chairman of the Task Forces for the Mitigation of the COVID-19 Pandemic, has written to the Regent and Mayor for Denpasar confirming the lack of funds to continue paying for quarantine accommodation and the end of current funding on 28 February 2021.

Meanwhile, officials on a provincial and regional level in Bali are examining alternatives that would allow quarantine hotels to continue to operate in Bali.

Bali provided 2,457 rooms across 15 hotels during the quarantine period, of which only 1,195 (48.64%) were filled. Depending on the result of routine testing procedures, some people stayed as little as 3-4 days at the sponsored hotels. 

The cost to the government of providing quarantine hotels was approximately Rp. 300,000 per person per day and covered accommodation, two meals a day, a snack, limited laundry service, and WiFi connection. 

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