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Shutdown In Bali: No Tourists and Empty Streets In Paradise

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Bali’s streets and beaches are like you’ve never seen them before – devoid of tourists and traffic.

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Once packed beaches now sit empty (Photo: Matt George)

As the police, military and disaster mitigation agency again conducted widespread disinfectant spraying using water cannons, and Bali beaches were closed to the public, the holiday island’s state of emergency took effect.

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Bali is conducting widespread disinfectant spraying (

It came as the Indonesian government decided to ban all foreign tourists from arriving on its shores in a bid to stem the rising coronavirus spread around the country.

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The Bali airport is now a ghost town

Bali’s tourist industry is now decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic and Indonesian authorities are playing catch up to stem what many believe will be an avalanche of virus cases when it takes hold.

Image: Almost empty Ubud streets. Credit: FB Ken Yeh.
Traffic around the once gridlocked island is now almost non-existant

For days now, water cannons have blasted Bali streets with disinfectant while local village communities have conducted their own localised spraying in lanes and less accessible areas.

Bali’s tourism industry has been decimated by the coronavirus crisis. Credit
Bali’s tourism industry has been decimated by the coronavirus crisis. Credit

All court trials and judicial matters are now being conducted online and prisoners are locked down in jails, unable to receive any visitors.

Kerobokan jail in Bali has stopped taking any new inmates, authorities fearful that new arrivals will bring COVID-19 into the dreadfully overcrowded jail.

Instead, they are being kept at police station cells.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has declared a public health emergency and imposed large-scale social restrictions to deal with the looming catastrophe.

But he has been criticised for not taking a more hard-line decisive approach and instead keeping his eyes on the economic impact of shutting down the nation.

Beaches in Bali have been left empty, thanks to coronavirus CREDIT: IAN LLOYD NEUBAUER
Beaches and hotels in Bali have been left empty, thanks to coronavirus (Image: Lloyd Neubauer)

Penalties for breaching social distancing and government COVID-19 policies are four and a half months in jail.

Declaring a health emergency allows the opportunity for regions to lock down or quarantine themselves – something which so far has been resisted.

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