NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan revealed plans to reopen Bali tourism following a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases on the island of the gods.
In the coordination meeting on bali tourism recovery, Thursday (25/2), Luhut assessed the possibility of opening economic activities, including tourism will also be conducted in line with the implementation of strict health protocols.
“The number of cases (COVID-19) in Bali in recent weeks has shown a decrease. The decline occurred because of a measured approach policy by taking into account two crucial factors, namely allowing economic activities to continue and enforcing the implementation of health protocols throughout Bali, including at the village level,” he said in a statement in Jakarta on Friday.
Luhut said the government will conduct socialization such as the regulation of tourism procedures in Bali, especially for foreign tourists.
“The new regulation applied in Bali is the implementation of Penalty for Health Protocol. The rule is in the early stages of socialization and publication of health protocol practices, monitoring of health protocol practices, violations of health protocols, the first warning with administrative penalties imposed until the last deportation,” he explained.
On the other hand, to support the economic recovery in Bali. The government has already started a national vaccination program for 13,000 hospital workers in the province. The program is expected to give more trust to tourists.
Luhut said the government continues to improve FACILITIES related to COVID-19 throughout Bali, including in preparation for the upcoming G-20 summit in Bali.
Government Invites Foreign Embassies
The Indonesian government also invited foreign embassies. To make a field trip to Bali to witness firsthand the COVID-19 control measures implemented to screen and protect foreign tourists.
“The Indonesian government has asked the Embassy in Jakarta and their consultants in Bali/Surabaya to inform their citizens living in Bali to respect local laws and regulations.
As in other countries that aim to eradicate COVID-19. All violations committed by any nationality will be strictly prosecuted by applicable law,” concluded Luhut. (eky)