Although the world has not been able to completely eradicate the shadow of the coronavirus, there are at least a few countries that have been very effective and efficient in combating and managing coronavirus transmission and even the virus itself. One of those places is Bali, Indonesia.
Due to Bali's local government's success in controlling the coronavirus, the city now has fewer active cases and deaths, making the place a potential haven for tourists who are longing to have a break this pandemic. Just recently, this humble place announced its plans to open up its doors for people who wish to relax in their beautiful place.
Bali, with just 1,761 cases as of the writing, is planning to welcome back tourists by October, but only if the COVID situation does not worsen, as reported by Outlook India. If the number of those infected soars,, authorities say the plans will be postponed.
Other places in Indonesia hoping to open by October are Yogyakarta, a humble haven situated on the island of Java, and the Riau Islands, according to Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, the touism secretary.
As the coronavirus entered the vicinity of Bali, the risks, cases, deaths, and fear that stalked its people become the bete noir of the local economy. Authorities say this is mainly because of the decreased number of tourists who are willing to explore Bali.
Bali's economy has always been greatly affected by tourism. Without its tourists during this pandemic, its local economy has shrunk, and many locals have suffered financially. Without tourists, Bali won't have any money, shares Mangku Nyoman Kandia, a Bali tour guide.
Currently, tourists are still not allowed to enter Indonesia, as reported by Bali. Among those exempted are those who have been granted permanent residence or do humanitarian jobs. All others attempting to enter the country are required to undergo swab tests and confirm that they are free from the illness.
Meanwhile, it is still unclear whether what requirements will Indonesia implement as the country lifts its restrictions. Furthermore, there is still no information about whether or not the country will welcome visitors from places that were badly hit by COVID-19.