President Joko Widodo indicated that the opening of Bali tourism can be opened in July 2021 if the pandemic conditions and the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic get better.
The President conveyed this in a limited discussion with players of the Bali tourism industry who were participating in the Covid-19 mass vaccination program at the Harris Sunset Road hotel, Denpasar City, Bali (16/3/2021).
During the discussion, the President gave a signal that if the Covid-19 case is under control, health protocols are strengthened and testing is getting better and vaccinations are boosted, tourism will open around June-July 2021.
“So that everyone supports it. To remain careful. In July will be (opened),” said Jokowi quoted from the video release, Tuesday.
This was emphasized by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno.
Sandiaga hopes that Bali tourism can reopen in June or July 2021.
“If the Covid-19 rate is under control, everyone complies with health protocols, testing is good and strengthened, vaccination will continue to be boosted, hopefully, it can be June-July,” Sandiaga said.
On Tuesday, President Jokowi reviewed the mass implementation of Covid-19 vaccination during a working visit to Bali Province.
The mass vaccination activities during the visit were centered in Puri Saren Agung, Ubud District, Gianyar Regency. In Gianyar, the mass vaccination activity which is part of the government’s free vaccination program today was attended by approximately 680 people whose distribution was carried out in stages while still implementing strict health protocols.
This vaccination was primarily aimed at public workers, especially tourism industry players, religious leaders, cultural representatives, youth representatives, and local communities.
Not only Gianyar Regency, but this mass vaccination was also carried out simultaneously in 7 districts and 1 other city, namely Badung, Bangli, Buleleng, Jembrana, Karangasem, Klungkung, Tabanan, and Denpasar City Regencies.
On that occasion, the head of state also held a video conference with regents and mayors.
The President reminded the ranks in the regions not to be careless and to continue to direct discipline towards health protocols to maintain the safety of the local community.
“The important thing is to always maintain strict health protocols so that the spread of Covid-19 will decrease in Bali Province,” said Jokowi.
The Bali Provincial Government itself previously designated three of its areas as the Covid-19 green zone. The three are Ubud in Gianyar Regency, Sanur in Denpasar City, and ITDC Nusa Dua in Badung Regency.
The zoning is intended to form a zone with a healthy lifestyle and strictly implement standard health protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic with a comprehensive vaccination policy for people who live and have activities in the area. This is at the same time a precondition for the stages that will be taken to reopen the tourism sector when the pandemic situation is under control.