Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati. (pemprov)
Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati. (pemprov)

DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali authorities have started the discussion related to the island’s readiness to face the new normal when the pandemic ends, according to Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) on a press release on Monday.

At a webinar with members of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), Cok Ace said the discussion should be started even though there’s no certainty yet of when Bali will reopen, considering there are so many things that must be prepared in detail before the reopening.

Cok Ace stated there are three important aspects to be considered before the reopening, namely time, cost, and human resources (HR).

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“Time is about the right time for Bali to reopen. Cost is related to the changing health protocols in the new normal era, we will need to recalculate the costs needed in all tourism business services. As for HR, we need to prepare resources who understand the health protocol standards,” Cok Ace said.

Deputy Governor Cok Ace explained that the new normal is a condition where people’s behaviors are changing. For this reason, tourism businesses need to prepare three basic things that are priorities to support the tourism sector; cleanliness, health, and safety.

Regarding cleanliness, Cok Ace continued, sanitation needs to be considered including a routine disinfectant spraying, placing a washbowl, and others.

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While for the health is about the implementation of rapid tests, SWAB tests, and PPE readiness. And Safety which includes the mobility of people, and social distancing.

According to the Deputy Governor, those three basic things should be applied at every location, such as at the airport.

“The health protocols will include checking the body temperature, rapid or Swab tests, obligation to wear face masks, prepares hand sanitizers and washbowl, and others,” Cok Ace explained.

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In addition to the tourism sector, the reopening also should consider other sectors such as education and trade.

Meanwhile, Chairman of BTB Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana, said that the discussion about things that need to be prepared before the reopening is normal, given the president’s call also that people should start making peace with COVID-19.

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But it must be calculated carefully, without reducing caution against the spread of the virus.

Partha Adnyana said the strategy for the tourism sector in the new normal is to know the potential market such as should be started with the domestic market.

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