Bali reopens today post Covid-19

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Today world is still suffering from a global pandemic of Covid19 (Corona Virus), which directly affected the economy of most of the countries. Many countries have taken initiatives for restoring the economy. Similarly, Bali has planned a three-phase opening to restore the island’s economy.

Previously on 9th July 2020, the Indonesian island has opened local businesses and tourist attractions to residents only. The government has decided to open doors to domestic travelers from 31 July 2020. As per the report, if all goes by plan International visitors will get welcomed by 11 September 2020.

However, a holiday in Bali will have some rules and regulations. Travelers entering the island will need to present a negative Covid19 certificate on arrival. Also, travelers need to observe “strict health protocols”. Strict health protocol consists of temperature checks, wearing a mask at all times, and maintaining a safe distance.

The report also disclosed that hotels, natural, and cultural tourist attraction will open to visitors, but other entertainment spots such as nightclub and karaoke lounge will continue to remain shut.

Before arriving in Bali, all visitors should also install the “LOVEBALI” application, which can be downloaded via the government’s official website (https://lovebali.baliprov.go.id/). The app is used as a platform for visitors to report problems or complaints while in Bali. Visitors are also encouraged to always activate their phone GPS while on the island.

The Bali administration is currently cooperating with the Denpasar Indonesian Fine Arts Institute (ISI) to hold Kecak and other traditional dance performances. They are trying to figure out ways to allow dancers to follow health protocols while performing the Kecak dance, which traditionally involves dozens of performers.

Deputy Bali governor Tjokorda Oka Artha expressed the hope that the reopening could be carried out according to plan since COVID-19 cases in Bali are still under control. He said, “The number of recovered COVID-19 patients has been increasing in the last few days.” However, he said he was not sure that the plan to reopen the border for international tourists could be executed on Sep 11. The coordinator of the presidential expert staff, Ari Dwipayana has said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo fully supported Bali’s decision to reopen tourism for domestic tourists starting on Friday.

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