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Bali Officials Decided To Turn Off Public Street Lights During The Emergency Partial Lockdown

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Officials from the Bali provincial government have decided to turn off all public street lights in the evening during the implementation of the emergency partial lockdown.

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The Head of the Bali Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Dewa Made Indra confirmed that all the public street lighting in some areas such as public roads, tourist attractions and public facilities would be turned off at 8:00pm every evening. “We all have agreed to turn off all public lighting in most of our areas across the island during the emergency partial lockdown.” Made Indra said on Thursday (8/7).

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He explained that this policy was initiated as an effort to prevent the people from creating crowds that could potentially create Covid-19 transmissions. Apart from public lighting, government officials also agreed to deactivate public wi-fi in all public facilities and will stop public buses from operating at 8:00pm every evening.” I remind everyone, especially students who need to use public wi-fi to come earlier before we turn it off at 8:00pm in the evening.” Made Indra added. 

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The policy that was made during evaluation meetings with several institutions such as the Bali governor, Police Department, Military Department and all regional governments was initiated to reduce Covid-19 transmissions as the Bed Occupancy Ratio (BOR) in several hospitals in Bali has recently increased. “We haven’t seen any positive results from this partial lockdown so far, as transmission rates keep increasing in recent days. But at least we can reduce people’s mobility by implementing the emergency partial lockdown as it’s one of the main factors of the virus transmission in our area.” Made Indra concluded.

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Sondra Jackson

Friday 16th of July 2021

What if there is an emergency and an ambulance is needed to transport someone to the hospital, are they supposed to drive in the dark?


Monday 12th of July 2021

Turning of street lights won't deter the virus. Implement curfew would make people stay home including amateur criminals.

Wayan Bo

Sunday 11th of July 2021

How romantic, back into times when there was no electricity lights in public places, back to the petrol lamps. - But in another hand, it’s to be hopped that in today’s times it will not support crime in darkness.

Neil Gill

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Do they not see that crime has gone up, thieves and burglary thrive on darkness

J West

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Turning off the internet? So much for choosing Bali as a “Digital Nomad” destination. I think it’s great, a years long Nyepi will help to reset Bali as a community.


Monday 12th of July 2021

@J West, it says public wifi. Not private wifi, not 4G/5G etc. I have no idea how they would even do this: go by every hotel, bar, spa, etc to unplug the router at 8 pm?

They could disable internet connection for the entire island (to some degree), but that would make problems worse: People should be able to watch youtube, netflix etc at home after 8 pm, so they don't get bored and go out on the streets.