Head of the Covid-19 Task Force Doni Monardo said that tourism in Bali could not be reopened in the midst of the Covid-19 transition. Doni said the results of coordination with the Governor of Bali and other officials suggested that Bali tourism not be opened yet.

“The results of talks with a number of officials including the Governor of Bali, confirm the hopes that areas such as Bali are not reopened yet. We will follow this” Doni said during a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission 10 on Wednesday (17/6).

Meanwhile, on the same day, Bali Governor Wayan Koster stressed that Bali would not reopen tourism in the near future, especially for international tourism. Bali is currently still focusing on efforts to accelerate the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and cases of local transmission are likely to increase.

The statement was conveyed by Governor Koster when hosting a working visit by the Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Wishnutama Kusubandio at Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant in Ubud, Gianyar in Wednesday (17/6).

Doni admitted that the government has plans to reopen Bali tourism by implementing health protocols. However, preparations are not yet adequate and measures such as strict screening at ports and airports as well as more PCR equipment to monitor the health of tourists arriving in Bali.

“But even that is not enough, ports and airports need to be equipped with more PCR machines” he said.

Besides Bali, the provincial government is preparing to reopen tourism in Bintan, the Riau Islands. Doni said that the Provincial Government revealed there were tourists from the Southeast Asian region who wished to visit. However, the Task Force has not yet permitted entry.

“But because this is not ready, it has not been permitted. Everything must go through processes that require caution” said Doni.

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