Bali Governor Wayan Koster conveyed about the planned stages of the opening of the tourism island of the Gods. He said this when receiving a working visit from the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio, in Ubud, Gianyar , Wednesday (06/17/2020). Koster said, this stage was only limited to plans that were dependent on the situation and the dynamics of the development of Covid-19 in Bali.
There are three stages that are designed related to the opening of Bali tourism
The first phase on July 9, tourism will be opened specifically for the movement of local Balinese communities and certain sectors. If the situation is conducive, then it will continue for domestic domestic tourists in August. Then for international tourists the plan is opened starting September 2020. “Once again I emphasize, this is just square off, not a schedule that will definitely be implemented. So whether or not this is carried out will greatly depend on the situation and the dynamics of the development of Covid -19 in the field, especially local transmission in Bali, “said Koster, in a written statement, Wednesday (07/17/2020). Koster said, Bali applied the precautionary principle related to the opening of this tourism. Because, at this time, Bali is focusing on handling Covid-19. Moreover, currently the trend of local transmission cases is increasing. If without caution it is feared that a second wave will occur which will be more difficult to handle. Koster said, the above stages are part of the design of the protocol to face the new life order (new normal).
He considered, the development of Covid-19 in Bali in general was still dynamic. In fact, it is still quite high in some areas in Bali. For this reason, the Bali Covid-19 Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling Acceleration in the near future is not yet feasible and is not conducive to implementing health protocols in the context of the tourism sector. Koster admitted that currently the focus was still on handling the spread of the pandemic until the situation was declared to be truly conducive without further distribution of local transmissions. According to him, this conduciveness is highly dependent on community discipline in the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic prevention protocol. “Disciplined tourism service actors, disciplined people, we need to be disciplined together, we need to work together, so that Bali can be conducive quickly, and the government has prepared its arrangements,” Koster said.
In line with Koster, Wishnutama conveyed the importance of maintaining Balinese conduciveness while maintaining discipline. He said, now, it is necessary to build tourist confidence. Therefore, tourism is a business of trust. Thus, it must build and create a sense of security and comfort for tourists while enjoying Bali. “Now, that’s a further stage, before when it was opened to the local, we will review it together, whether the implementation has been carried out well, conducive or not, whether the community has been disciplined,” he said.