As road workers open up access to the most remote and damaged areas and home repairs are made in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Central Vermont Public Service is asking customers who can now take service to contact the company. ‘As we said, we have restored power to all customers that we could access and that could safely take electrical service, but as state inspectors and licensed electricians sign off on re-energizing additional homes and businesses, or as they become accessible, we are asking customers to call CVPS at 1-800-649-2877 so we can reconnect service,’ spokeswoman Christine Rivers said. Any electrical apparatus, such as electrical panels and breakers, must be replaced if they were submerged in flooding. An electrician cannot approve such equipment for reconnect by simply inspecting it, it must be replaced. CVPS is waiving all fees for temporary service connections required due to the storm. The fee is normally $80. Some customers in the most remote areas remain inaccessible due to road washouts, but road crews are improving access for utility vehicles daily. Due to repairs made in areas where road access is still challenging, CVPS also reminds customers that there may be some delay in outage restoration going forward in those areas, until road access is permanently improved. CVPS officials continue to urge the public to take precautions around utility work. For our safety as well as your own, slow down when you see utility workers on the roads, and please consider the following: The safety of CVPS workers on the road depends on your patience and care.Follow directions given by traffic control flaggers. They are paid to keep everyone safe.Respect traffic cones and other barrier devices. They are the only thing between your vehicle and CVPS workers and equipment.Drive slowly through utility-controlled traffic areas, even if there appears to be enough space to drive at state-posted speeds.Give 100 percent of your attention to the road. Do not be distracted by cell phones, music, eating or drinking beverages while driving through a utility work area.
Jokowi said on Tuesday the Perppu would serve as a basis for the government and banking and financial authorities to carry out “extraordinary measures to safeguard people’s health, the national economy and financial system stability”.The government has announced that it will boost state spending by up to Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion), pushing the budget deficit up to 5.07 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), to allow the country to afford the fight against COVID-19.Of the extra spending, the government will allocate Rp 75 trillion for healthcare spending, Rp 110 trillion for social protection and Rp 70.1 trillion for tax incentives and credit for enterprises. The biggest chunk, Rp 150 trillion, will be set aside for economic-recovery programs including credit restructuring and financing for small and medium businesses.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explained The government expects Indonesia’s economy to grow by 2.3 percent this year under the baseline scenario, which would be the lowest rate since 1999, or to contract by 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario. Such scenarios have been made in the face of higher risks of a global recession, according to the finance minister.The rupiah is projected to hover between Rp 17,500 and Rp 20,000 per US dollar under the worst-case scenario, a historic low even weaker than the 1998 Asian financial crisis level.House Speaker Puan Maharani said during the same press briefing that the House would support the government’s efforts to safeguard public health and the economy, adding that lawmakers would discuss the Perppu for approval.“We are hoping that by working together at a time like this, we will have a good impact on all Indonesians,” she said. The government has submitted to the House of Representatives a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) that allows financial authorities to roll out crisis protocols amid fears the COVID-19 pandemic will hit the economy hard.Perppu No. 1/2020, signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday and effective immediately, covers a range of measures that include allowing Bank Indonesia (BI) to throw a lifeline to the state budget through direct government bond purchases and giving policymakers impunity in taking extraordinary measures, as well as allowing the state budget deficit to surpass the legal 3 percent limit.“The spread of COVID-19 has triggered a health and humanitarian crisis. This could potentially lead to an economic crisis and financial crisis,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said during a livestreamed press briefing after submitting the regulation on Thursday. “The regulation will serve as a legal background to protect public health and help affected communities, businesses and the economy.” Topics :