Bali officials on a tractor tell beachgoers to stay inside

Bali is known for its beautiful beaches and relaxing atmosphere that visitors from all over the world flock over to experience. But with 140 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 20th April 2020, Bali’s otherwise chill vibe has been punctuated with an unusual tension.

However, despite social restrictions, Bali’s beaches haven’t been empty and even private indoor parties were still happening well after the initial stay-at-home orders. So in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, Bali officials made their message loud and clear by hopping on a tractor to urge beachgoers to stay inside.

Kedonganan Beach attracted visitors despite COVID-19

Bali officials hop on a tractor to shoo beachgoers away
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One would think that a viral tweet about a private party followed by lots of angry comments by netizens would be enough to make people rethink doing group activities in the middle of a pandemic. But people still went sunbathing at Kedonganan Beach in Badung, Bali, despite it being temporarily closed.

Sign at Balangan Beach, BaliEntrance to Balangan Beach, Bali
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Signs have been put up at beaches across Bali, but apparently they’re not enough to keep tourists from getting some Vitamin D and Vitamin…Sea.

Bali official uses a megaphone to tell tourists to stay inside
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Since written warnings proved to be ineffective, officials turned to a trusty tractor to usher people back inside. They also had to canvas the coast on foot with a megaphone in hand to give an additional verbal reminder for tourists to leave.

A difficult time for Bali

Covid-19 updates as 0f 20th April 2020
COVID-19 updates as of 20th April 2020
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It is not easy for Balinese communities to take such measures to keep tourists indoors, as the island’s economy has been built on a bustling tourism industry.

But what Bali, as well as the rest of the world, is currently going through is indeed an unprecedented situation that will take a while to tide over. Keeping as many people safe from COVID-19 is and will continue to be a priority for months to come.

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