Published on : Friday, July 31, 2020
The coordinator of the presidential expert staff, Ari Dwipayana has said that Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has fully supported Bali’s decision to reopen for tourism.
Dwipayana said that since the beginning of the pandemic, Jokowi had been paying special attention to Bali, whose economy is largely dependent on tourism.
“We must overcome this difficult challenge. Bali needs to rise with a new spirit, new hope to be a stronger and better Bali,” Dwipayana said.
The Bali administration has come up with a three-phase plan for relaxing restrictions for tourists to the island. The first phase started on July 9 with the administration reopening local businesses and tourist spots for residents of Bali.
The second phase will be carried out on 31st July by reopening for domestic tourists. The third phase, which is reopening the border for international tourists, is expected to start on September 11.
Deputy Bali Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha said that the island would only reopen its natural and cultural tourist destinations for visitors, and not entertainment establishments like nightclubs and karaoke lounges.