THE condition of the COVID-19 outbreak which shows a decline provides an opportunity for the tourism industry in Bali to revive. By looking at the COVID-19 trend that is happening, Bali tourism has the possibility to reopen.

This was disclosed by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Thursday (25/2). In a coordination meeting for Bali’s tourism recovery, Luhut assessed the possibility of opening up economic activities, including tourism. This will also be done in line with the strict implementation of health protocols.

“The number of cases (COVID-19) in Bali in recent weeks has shown a decline. The decline occurred due to a policy of a measured approach taking into account two crucial factors, namely enabling economic activity to continue and enforcing the implementation of health protocols throughout Bali, including at the level of village,” he said in a statement in Jakarta.

Luhut said the government would conduct socialization, such as regarding the rules/regulations on tourism procedures in Bali, especially for foreign tourists. The new regulation implemented in Bali is the imposition of the Penalty for Health Protocol. These regulations include the initial stages of socialization and publication regarding the practice of health protocols, monitoring of health protocol practices, violations of health protocols, the first warning with administrative penalties to the last deportation.

“On the other hand, to support economic recovery in Bali, the government has started a national vaccination program for 13,000 hospital workers in the province. The program is expected to give more trust from tourists,” he noted.

Luhut added that the government continues to improve facilities related to COVID-19 throughout Bali, including in preparation for the upcoming G-20 Summit in Bali. The Indonesian government also invited foreign embassies to make field trips to Bali to witness first-hand the COVID-19 control measures being implemented to screen and protect foreign tourists.

“The Indonesian government is asking the embassies in Jakarta and their consulates 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 regardless of nationality will be prosecuted. strictly by applicable law,” Luhut concluded. [photo special]