Corona virus, Bali
BALI 1st – 2nd April 2020
photos taken and received on 31st March – 2nd April
Contributions thanks to Cathy and Chris, Moni, Wayan Kara, Andy, Ni Komang Ayu Wartini & Tyang.
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Hello friends and sorry I never got the time to up date here yesterday as I was, along with all my regular routines was editing some old archived surfing video footage from Serangan back in 2006. It’s on baliwaves.com if anyone has a spare 4mins 41secs to check it out.
Yesterday I did need to take a run up to the local pepito supermarket for some essientials and my wife also took an early morning visit to our local fresh produced markets. Both places are only around 300 – 500mtrs away from home and we wore masks and clear wrap around glasses, then returned straight back to the safety of home. Both locations were very quite and no problem with social distancing. Home really is the safest place to be, full stop, at anytime. That is unless you are in a bad relationship.. I’ve been there and so lucky to be where I am these days.
The streets here in Tuban, in my opinion, are the quitest they have been since this began. There is a little more activity for the early morning produce market. But now at 1.21pm I’m not hearing much traffic out on the main road which is only 30ft away from my office window. I have seen some strangers of European appearance wandering around yesterday, well a group of 4. That’s more than I have seen around here for quite awhile, none were wearing masks.
Up in Legian Moni has sent through her update along with a photo from Kuta / Legian beach that looks totally deserted. Moni’s up date is below this so keep reading.
Moni’s Life in Legian
“Today I’m feeling the heat here in Legian, it’s very humid, so I’ve had the air con cranking most of the day….
Then I decided to take myself for a walk as needed some exercise. Short walk today to Kuta market and back.
I have never seen Kuta market completely closed until today. Mind you I haven’t been there for awhile.
Then home to tidy my room and some food shopping out at carefore. I find carefore has the best bread and ham ( closest to Aussie stuff anyway) .
Made myself a delicious ham and salad sandwich…
The sandwich was so bloody good that I took a photo of it lol..
How I’ve missed my mother’s curried egg sandwiches..
Anyway stay healthy until next time M”
Cathy and Chris up in Berawa texted through to me saying that many restaurants are closed in their area. But, she mentioned there are still some open and the westerners that frequent them are not paying much heed to social distancing. Let alone any home isolating, in the proper sense.
I’ve had reports of solid crowds of surfers in the water over at Keramas and other locations on the East Coast of Bali. Now that the beachs are starting to lock down here on the West side I would imagine the more selfish international surfers will be flocking over that way. My mate and local fisherman Wayan Kara sent us a couple of images from Airport Reef and he said both Airport Left and Right along with Kuta and Middle Reefs were all showing crowds of mostly westerners. Even though some beaches are closed down on the bukit there are still some units accessing them via boat. Boat drivers chasing money from units hell bent on denying there is a World Crisis happening right now.
I’d love a surf more than any of those people.. but I love my family more.
Ok then peeps right now at 1.40Pm it’s a beautiful day here in Bali and the wind is fresh out of the ESE-SE. I hope everyone has everything they need and are following the protocols as best as you can. Until our next up date stay close to your families
Lots of love from Bali.
BALI 31st March 2020
(photos taken and received on 30th – 31st March 2020)
Credits and contributions, Cath and Chris, Moni, Worldometer, Ni Komang Ayu Wartini and tyang
Hi everyone and here’s another up date from your Bali. Pretty sad it’s come to this, outside here in South Kuta we have an absolutely beautiful day coming on. There’s been nothing but blue sky and right now at 1.35pm the temperature is sitting on 31 degree’s Celsius, Humidity is at 78%. The wind is also a fresh Easterly that reeks of perfection here on Bali’s West Coast. With all the smart people staying indoors just think how many waves are going through un ridden and that’s something we just need to tough out.
My wife had to go back to our local market again and she was good enough to snap a few photos from inside and around the front of the market. By all accounts it is very quite, with hardly even any locals. Although she did ask if it was busy earlier and told “only a little more” So that’s telling me that the average Balinese citizens are taking this very seriously. I have also have to make an emergency run to another supermarket later on so I’ll see how things are looking and report it in tomorrows up date. We also had the local Banjar come through our lane this morning spraying disinfectant from the back of a pick up, an hour after I already sprayed our walls and gates, hehe. I’m pretty sure this is happening all over Bali right now.
One friend texted through with photo from Keramas beach this morning where there was a solid crowd in the water.. surfing. It appears to me that the local Banjars are slowing shutting down all beaches here along the West Coast but the East Coast remains open.If anyone has any news on the East Coasts situation we’d like to hear it. Latest news off the beach over there is of solid perfect 3-5 foot waves.
Cath up in the Berawa / Canggu area of Bali made it down the beach for a secluded walk and said that it was virtually now like a ghost town since the NO SURFING rule came in. The East Coast had better hurry up and get on the program or all the young “hip” European learner surfers will be heading that way and bringing possible infections along with them. Most are doing the right ting and staying isolated. But there is quite a few with rocks for brains that are hell bent on going surfing and risking becoming infected or infecting others and then the snow ball begins right.
The over night World infection and number of deaths stats are still climbing and going up and down on yesterdays numbers. I’ve included a few screen shots from Worlometers website.
Alright I think it’s officially day 8 that everyone is supposed to be isolating and I believe the 2 week period has now been extended through till the end of May. People are already starting to do it hard here I’ve already had a few friends hitting me up for loans and it’s very sad that my family and I are in no way able to help out. We have been spending our rent money to survive as it is and things are not going to get better any time soon.
Please stay safe and stay at home as much as possible
Love from bali
BALI 29th – 30th March 2020
(photos taken and received on 29th – 30th March 2020)
Credits and contributions, Cath and Chris, Moni, Wayan Kara
Dewa Wenten, Canggu Community, Worldometer, Ni Komang Ayu Wartini and tyang Contact us here if you would like to contribute
Hello everyone and I hope we have all been doing our best to contain and stop the spread of the Coronal Virus. I wanted to get this up date on line to the public yesterday but I also had to up date our baliwaves.com website as well with more photos from our Bali archives that go back a long way. I’ll be digging back in there again from time to time just to keep the surfing stoke alive for you guys and what we can expect to get back into once the smoke clears and we get to the other side of this World Crisis.
Well first up while we are still on the surfing side. All around Bali the local authorities are closing down beaches to surfers. This is and should be happening World wide with the emphasis on STAYING AT HOME. I’m very proud of the majority of Balinese surfers here in Bali, especially the older and wiser ones with families that are staying at home. I’m really sad and frustrated to say the very least, of constantly hearing reports of foreigners flaunting the Bali Governors advice and requirements to STAY HOME unless your out for food or medicine, you know the really important things we need.
The feed back I’m getting from around Bali especially here on the West Coast from places like Canggu / Batu Bolong / Berawa ? Balian is that of Europeans blatantly flaunting the Bali Governors advice thinking Balinese rules don’t apply to them. When one beach is shut down they jump on their motor bikes and search for another one. I even read a blog on a popular Euro website (no names) of some Euro surfers not being able to surf or make a video… Who comes to Bali to make videos and find perfection in January (especially when the countries they leave are already being infected and possibly bringing the virus with them to Bali) anyway… Call me racist if you must, but there is a lot more at stake here for the Balinese and all of us that really care. Than just some kooks looking to take advantage of un crowded waves
My good friend and local fisherman Wayan Kara was down the beach early this morning to check his boat (and mine) he said (via text) that there were at least 20 surfers out at Kuta Reef, more at Airports and Middle Reef. Some of the local boat captains really don’t understand that they are playing “Russian Roulette” so to speak.
Cathy up at Berawa / Canggu area texted through to report that there are still big numbers of young Europeans flaunting around on the beach in this area. You can see it in a couple of Cathy’s photos she sent through, bloody incredible if you ask me.
Moni who is self isolating in Legian wrote this for us.
“Yesterday I woke with a bit of a cough. I new it was only a cough but thought if I went anywhere and I coughed people would look at me as if to say wtf girl why you out. So I took my self for a big walk to the end of my lane, to the chemist to get something to hit this cough on the head before it got to bad and then I’d feel like a total leper …and straight back to my home stay .
I chose to give myself a little self love by doing a hair mask ( my hair so dry here), face peel, foot soak . I was feeling a million dollars afterwards. I made a peppermint tea and relaxed on my balcony.
And before I new it the day was over…
So off I trotted to bed full of good stuff like Jamu, ginger tablets etc
I had a great sleep and have woken this morning with no cough. I think it’s the Jamu to tell you the truth. It’s so good for you so if you haven’t tried it get onto it peeps..
Stay healthy and have a great day” Moni.
On a personal note, I haven’t been outside our gates unless to spray homemade disinfectant over our gates and walls. My wife had to make a run to our local produce market this morning (300mtrs away) and snapped a couple of photos as you can see. Normally these markets are alive with people hustling to get the best food, not today as it shows almost empty. But people have to eat and you can’t hoard fresh food can you.
A couple of tips, follow protocol and follow protocol. make sure you air out your pillows and sheets in the sun as often as possible. Keep your house / flat ventilated as best as possible. Stay fit and exercise at home, start off with 5 push ups and sit ups and see if you can add more and more. I’m at 30 push ups and 40 sit ups in one set. If you are STAYING AT HOME, develop a routine, make a list and stick to it, do not sit in front of the TV all day listening to the doom and gloom that will finish you off quicker than this Corona Virus. Most importantly FOLLOW PROTOCOL.
Stay safe and Love to everyone, thanks for supporting baliwaves.com (the workingman / surfers website since 1999) I will be back with more news and reports as I get any.
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BALI 27th – 28th March 2020
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Alright so here in Bali we have all been informed to isolate and avoid contact with others, no socializing etc etc. As simple as that sounds, it is quite tricky, everyone needs to get supplies, Indonesian’s don’t have “pantries” or massive floor freezers” like most western countries. Our food usually comes from the daily morning markets on a daily basis. Even though here at my place we do have 2 refrigerators and plenty of space in a very large empty guest house. But most other families in Bali are doing it very tough, as always they will do what they have to do to have food on their table.
The TV continually blares out messages to isolate etc for 2 weeks. Starting on the 26th, just 2 days ago. With only to go out for essentials. I had to go out for 10mins yesterday and pay my internet bill so I can stay in touch and my kids don’t go crazy. As it is my 2 children aged 12 and 10 have not been out of our yard for 13 days now. Good kids I tell ya, no tantrums and never ever say NO to Mum or Dad. I’m a lucky man indeed. While I was out (masked up) there were quite a few people in the mini market that did make me feel a bit awkward (as I probably made them feel) in a eerie kind of way. Some like me were there to pay bills also, I kept my 2mtr distance and couldn’t wait to get back to the safety of my family home (rented) a mere 40mtrs away.
Here in Tuban the streets are quite compared to more happy times. But just from my window and front yard I’m seeing lots of people on motor bikes not wearing masks. There was even a “bakso” seller (meat ball soup) pushing his cart around this morning. I think many people are heeding the Governments very important protocols but a small percentage are not. I’m hearing bikes all night now the background noise of our busy streets is all but gone. The ringing / buzzing in my “surfers ear” is always there and noticeably much louder and more constant than ever. Part of the problem I think is that NO MASKS are available so anyone who waited to long missed out. I do hope our hospital Doctors and medical staff have enough so they can do their job as safely as possible.
I’ve also been messaging some good friends around Bali and they have also sent us some images and info. Cathy up in the Berawa / Old Mans area near Canggu has reported crazy crowds of surf schools and learner surfers still in the water in large groups. It is more quite than normal, lucky most of the cafe sect people have been shut down. Cath sent a few photos as well.
The last bunch of images are from Moni up in the Legian area near Padma st with her accounts, view and feelings via screen shot photo (we have worked that out now). On what it’s like to be an Aussie here in Bali on her lonesome. Sorry about the format but I’m not an expert on disaster blogging although I have been here for 25yrs worth so far and seen most. I should be pretty good at it by the end of this latest crisis though I reckon.
Statistically wise things are not getting better World wise. Too many deaths in Europe with another 800+ in Italy, over 100,000 infected cases in the USA. South Korea and Australia both had over 150 new cases since yesterday, While Indonesia’s death toll now at 87 and only God knows how many infected cases with very little testing being done that I am aware of or have heard of here in Bali anyway. It seems like you just about have to be die-ing to get tested. So for my family it’s isolation as best we can and I advise everyone to do the same and follow the governments protocol as best as possible.
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Stay well friends
BALI 25th – 26th March 2020
(photos taken this morning 26th March)
Hello again my friends and after yesterday’s Nypie Day I thought I’d better get some more info up on our “blog” (I hate that word). Well Nypie Day is normally my favorite day of the year, but yesterday it felt weird for some reason, probably just the whole “unknown” factor of these times we are living I guess. It’s strange but you would think being confined to home with no tv and some even without 3G / 4G the day would drag on and on. But it’s really quite the opposite for, for my family anyway. By the time you wake up and tidy up, cook and clean it’s almost midday then by 6.30pm it’s literally pitch black outside and time to settle in with candle light. It may seem a lot longer for my kids to deal with but for a parent there is always never enough time in the day.
Today the 26th and our Governor of Bali has declared another stay in doors isolation for today. We never really got any official information on this until seeing some friends posts on FB. Showing Police and Army personnel sending people off the streets and beaches. I wasn’t 100% certain of this although I had heard a rumor on the evening of the 22th. So I went for an early surf check, which is what I’ve been doing for the last 25yrs I’ve lived in this area. Most of my fisherman buddies were down the beach, most wearing masks and glasses like I was. The look on their faces this morning was a lot different, not the usual full of jokes and smiles that the Balinese are renowned for. No, today they looked solemn and aware of whats happening, just like myself.
I have been steadily hearing of more of the popular European area’s being closed off to the public. Beach area’s like Balian and Medewi, Uluwatu, Balangan and right around from Green Bowls to Pandawa. I’m pretty sure the Canggu area has also been shut down. If anyone has more info please share it with us and we will share with the World that is waiting for more info on Bali and their friends / family here. Contact us here
Daniel in Kuta posted this in the comments
“24th and Kuta beach was definitely not closed. I did my surf check, it was as flat as could be, so i did an 80-minute walk, Poppies 1 to Pantai Jerman and back up Poppies 2. No one around. Of the tourists still here, most people are struggling to get out and will leave tonight 26th. Then it is just Balinese, other Indos, us expats and the young Euros who will most likely be the source of any mass contagion, if it occurs. Kuta and Tuban, not being considered “hip” by the “in” Euro types, appear to be much safer places to be than Canggu or Seminyak, from an infection point of view”
For the record there were 6 more deaths in Indonesia since yesterday bringing the total to 55. 107 more infected cases, taking the total cases to 686.
Italy and Spain continue to spiral out of control with their over night stats. The USA has also had a very solemn 24hrs with another 222 deaths and 775 new cases.
Over in Australia I just found out that my 85yr old Mum and 62yr old Sister are both in quarantine waiting for test results. It’s no good and I certainly hope that you and your loved ones are safe where ever you may be.
Ok thanks for watching and I’ve found a bunch of old photos from around Bali and I’ll do my best to get some loaded up on baliwaves.com today. Contact us here via email if there is anything we can do to help.
BALI 24th March 2020
(photos) collected and received 23-24th March)
Hello again and here’s a little more news from Bali from my eyes and ears. This morning I made my usual early morning appearance at our local beach where we keep our traditional fishing boats (me included). I was wearing a mask and was happy to see a couple of my friends also wearing them. The talk was of the serious matter at hand and how welcomed “Nypie Day” would be tomorrow the 25th when we have an almost total lock down here in Bali. In years gone by the Medewi area has been known to not abide by this Balinese tradition. I hope they forget about tourism and stay in doors like the rest of Bali this year though.
If you look at Bali’s tourism numbers this year the number of Europeans entering Bali is much higher than ever before. If you have been to Bali in the last few years to surf you would have noticed that just about every surf school is European filled. So you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work that out right, and where danger / hot spots might be focused around Bali.
The latest news that I received last night was of Bali’s premier surfing location of Uluwatu is closed until further notice. Rumor being that a Brazilian surfer has taken Ill with the Virus symptoms. Likewise Padang Padang beach and Green Bowls are also closed until further notice. A friend also texted and said they were advised not to go to Kuta Beach although I think it is still open. I’m not sure about any other locations around Bali that have been locked down but if anyone does have any news we would like to hear from you please.
But anyway I was out on the road again this morning I had to drive over to Sanur and then back to the Sunset Rd area to get in some last minute shopping for Nypie Day tomorrow. It was between 11am – 2pm I was out and much longer than my comfort zone wanted to be. There was a lot of traffic, not normal traffic but still quite a bit. The CareFour supermarket was also quite busy but I made sure that I was patient and never got too close to anyone.
Yesterday a helicopter was dropping pamphlets in the Seminyak area, I have posted the original photo of one in today’s photos and the translation (Thanks to Walt, who sent it through) goes like this.
- Do not hold social activities that cause mass gatherings in large numbers, both in public places and in their own environment, namely:
a. Social, cultural, religious gatherings and beliefs in the form of seminars, workshops and other similar activities; b. Music concert activities, fairs, festivals, fairs, night markets, exhibitions and family receptions c. Sports activities, arts and entertainment services d. Demonstrations, marches and carnivals, as well e. Other activities that are mass gathering
- Stay calm and not panic and further increase awareness in each environment by always following the information and official appeals issued by the government
- If in an urgent and unavoidable condition, activities that involve large numbers of people are carried out while maintaining distance and are required to follow government procedures related to preventing the spread of Covid-19
- Do not make purchases and / or hoard excessively staples and other community needs.
- Not affected and spread the news with unclear sources that can cause unrest in the community, and
- If there is information that is unclear, the source can contact the local police.
Here in Bali you can really only get masks and sanitizer from scalpers if your lucky. You can’t even buy most standard materials to make disinfectant. But what I have started doing is using Porstex Tile cleaner mixed down with water as it is 20%HCL and very potent. If anything can survive that we are all doomed. I’m using that through an old fashioned “fly spay” type thingy on door handle’s gates etc etc anywhere that we touch if we come back from outside our home. I’ve also found that the cheaper brands of perfume all have a high alcohol content. So for a dollar you can get something that cleans your hands and make them smell fresh (smell nice for about a minute anyway).
For the record there were 10 more deaths in Indonesia since yesterday bringing the total to 48 and 66 more infected cases, taking the total cases to 514. While in parts of Europe there was more than 1000 deaths since the previous day plus more than 10,000 new cases of infection.
The sooner Bali is locked down the better the Balinese will be, in my opinion. If anyone is thinking “well what are you doing there Slim” Well I have no where else to go, my family are Balinese and couldn’t leave them. I couldn’t even afford the tickets if I we could leave, after 25yrs my train of thought is more Indonesian than Aussie.
Tomorrow on Nypie Day for the first time in history the TV will still be on for news up dates etc etc. I’ve also told the Internet will also be running, we will soon see how true that is. If you are here in Bali please abide by the Balinese rules and stay inside. Apparently certain Balinese departments aligned with the Banjars will be doing a lot of “disinfecting” while everyone is off the streets as well.
Stay safe everyone and if you have any news or info that may be of help to anyone here or locked down anywhere please do send it through to us and we will publish it. In these times of disaster, suffering and death please show some patience, sympathy and empathy to our fello man.
BALI 23rd March 2020
(Video footage from Bali 22nd of March)
Hello everyone and I hope we are all doing the best we can seeing as though we are all pretty much in the same boat, just different locations around the Globe. Like I mentioned in yesterdays blog up date things have scaled right back at just about every where here in Bali. Except for what I saw yesterday in my travels, that was a huge amount of learner surfers in the Batu Bolong to Berawa area (I’m talking a couple of hundred more or less) up near Canggu yesterday, mostly Europeans who have left Europe thinking Bali would be safer, lets hope it is and that none entered Bali with infections already..
Here’s a video view around the streets of Bali I took mostly out of the car window on the 22/03.20 between the Airport / Canggu / Airport
Most domestic workers that have been stood down have already here in Bali have left to head back to their villages, especially with our “Nypie Day coming up on the 25th.
I’ve always jokingly said that Nypie Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Being a day to stay home and reflect, quality family time. How good it would be to have 2 or 3 Nypie Day’s in a row. Well ironically and quite sadly this year I think it’s going to be a lot more than just 2 or 3 days in a row. With part isolation for many families here in Bali and the un known of what is waiting for us just around the corner and over the hill.
This morning I thought I’d take an early visit to my local beach for a surf check and a “street check” at 6.10am just as the dawn light was reaching the West Coast. I have to say that our local produce market looked a lot quiter than usual and my wife confirmed that when she later returned back home with some fresh vegetables for today’s lunch. Down the beach fishermen were getting ready to go fishing and I’d have to say they would be as safe out there on the ocean than anywhere. Hopefully I’ll get to go out for a dawn till dusk session tomorrow my self. Other than that there wasn’t much sign of humans in my sight between home and the beach.
Just for the record here in Indonesia
Number of Infected cases is at 514 up from 450 yesterday
Number of Deaths at 48
New Deaths since yesterday is up by 10 from yesterday
Total recovered is at 29
Italy and the majoy Eurpopean countries are still being ravaged by the Corona Virus, Italy’s death toll now stands at 5,746 and close to 60,000 infections.
(These numbers were collected early this morning)
Ok friends of Bali please follow your countries governments protocols, especially social distancing to help stop this mungrel virus from spreading further than need be and help end the pandemic. One thing for certain is that it’s not going away anytime soon.
I also hear our brothers and sisters down in Australia have made it through the toilet paper crisis but now face and even greater concern with all pubs and clubs closing their doors and bottle shops starting to dry up. I wish that was our only worry here in Bali.
Love ya’s all from Bali
BALI 22nd March 2020 (photos taken at 8.30am in Canggu / Echo beach)
This morning I thought I’d take a run out on the streets to check traffic between here and Canggu (and to shoot some photos for the baliwaves.com). Normally, well this day and age it takes a good hour to drive to Canggu from Kuta and that’s if you don’t get caught in a grid lock on the way. Today it was like driving back in time of days long ago when traffic jams only occurred at New Years, not every day. So I would have to say your average Indonesian is keeping to protocol and keeping the social distance as much as possible.
Oh yeah just to clear up anyone that might be confused, this up date is not an “official” Corona Virus WHO report. Nope it’s just a Blog to keep a lot of mostly Australian surfers who can’t be here in touch with their beloved island of Bali. Bali is not in 100% lock down, but this must be at least stage 1 of any lock down procedure, Bali’s Airport partially closed, International Airlines not flying, schools closed and small business struggling to keep afloat etc etc. That sure sounds pretty serious to me and it is no joke that’s for sure. As every Balinese needing money to provide for their family well knows by now.
Up at Canggu this morning I was a little shocked to see mostly (95%) Europeans in the area. Echo Beach it self wasn’t too bad and numbers looked way down on the usual day to day up there. But down at Batu Bolong, the surf school capital of the World (it seems) there must have been over 200 learners all packed together like sardines, I can’t call that following protocol or social distancing. At the famous right hand river mouth break of Pererenan there also must have been 40 surfers jammed together mostly foreigners again. If there is a danger hot spot in Bali right now I’d have to say it’s up there. No Balinese brought in this virus I’m pretty safe to say. Although there are plenty of travelling Balinese that have visited most countries around the World but that percentage is no comparison to the percentage of foreigners fleeing to Bali from infected European and Asian countries.
Just for the record here in Indonesia
Number of Infected cases is at 450 up from 385 yesterday
Number of Deaths at 38
New Deaths since yesterday at 6 down 1 from yesterday
Total recovered is at 20
Italy has been devastated from this Corona Virus with almost 800 deaths since yesterday and many more new infections. Other large European countries like France and Germany also have reported more new cases. The infections in the US also continue to rise and more deaths. Australia is reporting more new cases but now new deaths since yesterday.
Ok that’s me from here in Bali today. But stay tuned and keep reading below or if your stuck here in Bali copy the emergency phone numbers I have listed down the bottom of this page.
I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time out to drop us a line with positive feed back, it is very much appreciated I can assure you, Thanks Again.
Bali 21st March 2020
(photos taken at 8.00am here in Tuban / Bali)
Well on this mornings surf check visiting our local beach which is only around 400mtrs away from home I do have to say the streets around and near our family (rented) home were almost deserted. I was glad in a way, because the locals were starting to take this seriously. I have been hammering it into my close circle friends as well that this Corona / Wuhan borne virus is a reality, and now as they can see it’s effect on tourism and everyone’s personal and families economy / cash flow is very real.
I was bit indifferent to seeing a large group of South Koreans (20+or-) with half a dozen Indonesian surf guides milling around down the beach after their soft top session at Kuta Reef. I mean what else can the surf guides do, we all need money if it’s on offer. It’s a real Catch 22 situation for most of us here in Indonesia, with no cash bail outs from the Government.
Now at 11.50am our usually busy main road (jalan Dewi Sartika) that also runs directly to the airport from Kuta through Tuban is noticeably quite except for the odd car and motorbike I see and hear from my front room office here at home.
Last night there was a bit of a panic at Bali’s International Airport with around 200 Aussies trying to “get out of Dodge” But due to a combination of factors eg; last minute rush to leave Bali, Australians.. travelling on duel citizen passports from other countries (now why any real Australian would bother doing that beats me ?) and a lack of communication with Australian Border Authorities many of these people were unable to fly out and were left at the airport. My advice is to contact your countries Embassy or Consulate here in Bali ASAP and get them to help you get home to where ever as safely and quickly as possible. Don’t make or cause problems to the Indonesian staff at the airport it’s not in their control, they are simply following your countries protocols.
There is no way out at the moment for locals here in Bali, Tourism is pretty much everything to everyone from the diving area’s of Ahmed and Tulamben, the retreats of Ubud and just about everyone from Denpasar down to Uluwatu. We are all tightening our belts so to speak with no in coming cash just out going…
Overnight Statistics have jumped again here in Indonesia with now
Number of Infected cases at 385
New cases at 60
Number of Deaths at 32
New Deaths since yesterday at 7
Total recovered is at 17
Nb: I cannot (not for the lack of searching) find any stats for Bali itself, just for Indonesia in general.
A very serious concern is the number of new infections and deaths in Italy, France and Iran. While China appears to have stopped reporting it’s number of new cases and deaths
Italy now has more infected people and deaths than China with almost 6,000 new cases and over 600 deaths since yesterday bringing their total deaths from the Coronavirus at 4,023
Ok that’s me from here in Bali today. But I’m going to try and take a quick motor bike ride into town later and snap a few photos of how it looks at “street level” around town for my next update. So stay tuned and keep reading below or if your stuck here in Bali copy the emergency phone numbers I have listed down the bottom of this page.
Bali 20th March 2020
Out on the streets of Bali around Kuta and where my family and I reside the daily routines of most Balinese and other Indonesians seem to be going on as normal so far. Except for the one big thing missing, International visitors. It’s very quiet with only scattered tourists that appear to have fled from their own countries while the getting was good. But have they jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire, no ones knows at this stage.
I’m not seeing any or very little social distancing, which is a worry. The Balinese have always been known for their easy going laid back approach to most things, and at this stage nothing has changed, or very little that I’m seeing. The Balinese are very social and interacting with each other on daily basis from visiting the local produce markets, local community Banjars or just hanging out with their friends where ever they are located on the island.
But right across the board locals are being laid off or working hours cut back for the lucky ones. Small businesses, tour guides and especially restaurants, hotels, homestays and bars, both mainstream and your humble “feet in the sand” type beach sun set bars are deserted. Especially now that our Dry Season is beginning it’s only going to get harder and harder for everyone. The Indonesian Government won’t be bailing out small businesses or handing out cash installments to the low income earners, like other countries are doing.
On the 16th of March the Indonesian Gov went ahead and closed all schools across the nation for an extended period of 2 weeks to help keep Indonesian kids from close contact with others. The high majority of Indonesian’s have a one working parent situation. This works out fine for us here, but would be very hard to implement in Western countries like Australia or America with the high costs of living etc etc and two income families the norm.
Travel into Bali is still possible as the Indonesian government is only not issuing VOA’s or extensions on any VOA’s through until around the 20th of April 2020 (that period may also change). But travel to Bali is still permitted by applying for a visa at your closest Indonesian Embassy. Plus you need a clean bill of health from a Dr. Then pass all the temperature scans if you can find an air line that is still flying here to Bali.
So far to date Indonesia has 309 confirmed cases with the death toll at 25 and growing daily. Unfortunately due to Indonesians many islands and cultures no one I think really knows the total extent of infections, but I think the death toll would stand.
Our Worlds have all been turned upside down, or more like thrown into a tumble dryer. Well for now anyway, if we all play our part in this calamity of events we will get through it and everyone can soon get back to coming and being guests of our Balinese hosts here in Bali again. But for now most countries are being locked down and Indonesia is included, I think it’s all for our own safety and I for one commend the Indonesian Gov for their actions so far. Please remember to try and keep your distance as best as possible when out and about, watch your hygiene etc and follow your Governments protocols.
Stay tuned to the baliwaves and I’ll keep updating this information with any new news as I hear of it. For anyone still here in Bali the Hotline phone numbers to contact if your worried about your health are 112 or 223333