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Image: Sunset on a Bali beach. Credit: Seminyak Times.

Bali Governor Wayan Koster released a new circular letter yesterday morning saying that all areas of society should strengthen the control and prevention of Covid 19. Without giving too much away, the letter went on to say that business offices should remain open, but with only 25% of the workforce actually working from the office. Study, work and other non-essential activities were encouraged in the governor’s circular to be done from home.

Reaction from around town (and the world), especially on some social media pages and local media sites was at first gloom and doom, and pronouncing that Bali was again heading for lockdown (even though a full lockdown has never happened on the island till now). However, after the information from the letter sunk in, basically not having much solid information in it, the herd mentality then began to warm towards a more positive outlook. Foreign press also picked up on the news being bandied about locally of the coming lockdown, printing stories with headlines like ‘Bali to lockdown again’. Some people on this island should keep a lid on what they print in their news outlets before knowing the full details.

Bars and restaurants have not been asked to close, there is no curfew imposed, nor are the authorities closing any beaches. The closest comment to that was that agencies in charge should keep a check on the number of people entering tourist objects and sites.

The governor also reiterated that the Balinese people should continue following the health protocols closely, and the government and people of Bali should work together to curtail new cases of the virus and encourage various aspects of social and economic life to move forward. People should also help to reduce the psychological impact to the community from the pandemic.

The letter also mentioned that religious ceremonies on the island should adhere to the protocols. With Galungan just finishing, which brought the entire Hindu Balinese community together over the past few days, and island wide public holidays, that information could be consider already too late. For this week, anyway.

We shall see what happens in the next couple of weeks, but for now, it is business as usual besides adhering to the protocols more seriously. We have been warned.

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  • BaliRob

    Never any statement about the many people at starvation level desperate for funds and the ever-increasing cost of essential foods

  • JD

    Why did they open up to Jakartans in August? The number of cases sky-rocketed and now it’s a disaster again. Sadly many more Balians died because of doing that.

  • Andrew Parkin

    We all should now be discussing the logistics of how Indonesia can get vaccinated. We need more than 1 billion does stored at -80 yes that’s minus 80. This will need massive warehouses located all over the country, these will have to be built from scratch or modified. Have you heard any news about that? Probably not as you are being told useless information to hide the biggest shock news that will drive you nuts. Imagine how many bottles of wine that taste bad because of the refrigerated process that did not function properly. OMG, yes that’s where Bali is right now, if you do the maths, it will take years to vaccinate the nation.

    We could be looking at 2024 before the normal life resumes and 2023 before tourism gets back on track. Yes, please start reading about the next step as that will be crucial for all businesses to understand the future of their financial situation. Please stop thinking that the vaccine is similar to Coca Cola as the the distribution is going to be the key.

    Stay Safe

  • Rod

    And in the meantime 20 of his home staff are infected,i wonder if he follows WHO protocols and isolates for 14 days.

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