Coronavirus.- Bali reopens for Indonesian tourists after four months

07/09/2020 09 July 2020, Indonesia, Badung: Kuta Beach main gate is seen open as Bali’s famous beaches reopend today, following months of closure due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Photo: Dicky Bisinglasi / ZUMA Wire / dpa
Dicky Bisinglasi / ZUMA Wire / dpa
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The Indonesian island of Bali has reopened this Friday for national tourism, after four months of closure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which already leaves more than 108,000 cases in the Asian country.

The first visitors have been greeted with flower necklaces at the Bali International Airport. “With the strict health protocols in place, we hope they feel safe,” said Balinese deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Ardhana.

Ardhana has explained that at the moment some restrictions will be maintained. “Nightclubs are not allowed yet,” he said, stressing that “Bali offers much more, such as cultural and natural destinations,” reports the ‘Jakarta Post.’

Bali is following a de-escalation plan that started on July 9 with the reopening of shops and restaurants for local residents, has continued this Friday with national tourism and will end on September 11 with the arrival of international tourists.

However, this reactivation is part of an increase in infections at the national level. In the last 24 hours, the Indonesian Ministry of Health has recorded 2,040 new cases and another 73 deaths, for a balance of 108,376 infected people and 5,131 deaths.

The Indonesian capital Jakarta remains the country’s worst affected territory, so the local government extended the transition period between confinement and de-escalation by two weeks on Thursday.