After previously refusing to implement the emergency partial lockdown that was instructed by the President, Bali provincial government finally agreed to impose the policy on the island.
Bali Regional Secretary, Dewa Made Indra who previously stated that Bali is currently not in an emergency situation from Covid-19 transmissions has revised his statement, and finally agreed to implement the policy as it was instructed by President Jokowi on Thursday (1/7). The Head of Bali Civil Service Officer, Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi confirmed that Bali will impose an emergency partial lockdown earlier than the President’s instruction that is supposed to start on the 3rd of July 2021. “Bali is currently on the assessment of level 3 (orange zone) from the Covid-19 pandemic, so we will start to implement an emergency partial lockdown today.” Dharmadi said on Thursday (1/7).
The partial lockdown is imposed on seven Bali regions that are considered as orange zones such as Denpasar, Jembrana, Badung, Gianyar, Bangli, Klungkung and Buleleng. The Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster hopes that this implementation will reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmissions in all Bali regions. Prior to this decision, the central government through the minister of maritime and investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan stated that every regional leader who refused to implement the emergency partial lockdown as instructed to their areas would be temporarily deactivated as a form of sanction.
“In accordance to the Article 68 number 1 and 2 from the Constitution Number 23 Year 2014 about Regional Government, the Governor, Regent and Mayor who refuse to follow this instruction to impose emergency partial lockdowns from the 3rd to 20th of July 2021 would be sanction with a warning and could potentially be temporarily deactivated from their duty.” Luhut concluded.