GIANYAR, Bali (BPN) – Bali Governor Wayan Koster confirmed that Bali will not reopen the tourism just yet, especially for international travelers, as the government is still focusing to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 cases are still quite high in several regions in Bali. Thus, we see Bali is not yet feasible and conducive to apply the health protocols in the tourism sector. But we have prepared health protocol measures for the reopening,” Governor Koster said after a meeting with Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusbandio, in Ubud, Wednesday.
Governor Koster also explained the plan for Bali tourism reopening. Starting July 9, tourism will be opened only for people in Bali. Then the reopening for domestic tourists will follow in August, and in September the tourism will open for foreign tourists.
“Once again I emphasize, this is just a plan, not a definitive schedule that will be implemented. It depends on the situation and dynamics of the COVID-19, especially local transmission cases in Bali. I’m applying a careful principle regarding tourism, and the Minister also has the same view. We don’t want the second wave to occur, which will be very difficult to deal with,” Koster explained.
According to the governor, currently, the Bali Authorities are focusing on handling the spread of the virus until the situation is declared to be conducive without any local transmission cases.
Meanwhile, the Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, Wishnutama Kusubandio, appreciated the efforts of Bali Authorities in preparing the protocol to welcome the new normal.
“It is the right thing to do. The protocol should be prepared in advance. We must build tourist’s trust, tourism is a business of trust, we must be able to build and create a sense of security and comfort for travelers,” Wishnutama said.