Bali government scraps odd-even traffic rule

A traffic police on duty in Badung regency. Photo: Facebook
A traffic police on duty in Badung regency. Photo: Facebook

Bali’s odd-even traffic policy has been officially scrapped, according to a new circular issued by Governor Wayan Koster, as the rule proved ineffective on the island. 

Late last month, the provincial government began implementing an odd-even rule to limit public mobility and prevent crowds from gathering in Bali’s tourist hotspots, such as the beaches in Kuta and Sanur. 

“After evaluation, the odd-even traffic policy [was deemed] ineffective, and so I discussed with the [Bali] Police Chief to rescind the rule,” Koster said. 

The latest circular also includes provisions on trial reopenings for fitness centers, which can now open to 25 percent capacity, while weddings with a maximum of 20 fully vaccinated guests are now allowed, as officials continue to ease restrictions amid declining COVID-19 cases. 

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