Schools Closing in Bali - Governor Letter 16 March 2020

Bali Closes Schools and government services due to COVID-19

March 16 March 2020

The Provincial Government of Bali  decided to suspend all education activities for two weeks, starting on today, Monday, 16 March 2020. This decision was taken after the 19th COVID Handling Task Force meeting held on Sunday night, 15 March 2020.  (See Official Governor letter below in Indonesian)

The Secretary of Bali Province, Dewa Made Indra stated that elementary to secondary level including vocational schools, and equivalent schools are closed from March 16 to March 30, 2020 to minimize the possibility of virus spread further. "The teaching and learning process is carried out at home using digital/ online learning media,"  he added. But there is an exception for the students in Grade 12 on vocational schools, as they still need to continue carrying the Computer-Based National Examination (UNBK) as scheduled from Monday, 16 March 2020 to Thursday, 19 March 2020.

Not only for schools but this regulation also applies to some government services. While some government workers are still expected to appear for work in an office having to follow strict rules to avoid getting infected, other workers can work from home and send daily report of their work to their head of department," he explained.

Furthermore, the governor on his official letter which been released today, urged residents to restrict activities outside of their homes, except for very urgent matters, to avoid any public gatherings including religious events. All public events such as meetings, seminars,  FGD, courses and any type of gathering which brings crowds are advised to be postponed. All business trip (domestic and international) are also advised to be suspended. This regulation is valid starts from today Monday, March, 16th 2020 until Monday, March, 30th 2020.

Beside Bali, a number of other regions in Indonesia have already decided to postpone public events, close schools and tourist destinations in response to the virus outbreak. More are expected to follow.

Official Statement Letter from Governor - 16 March

Governor Letter