Bali will reopen its borders for international tourists on September 11. Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said that local travelers will be allowed to visit the island from Thursday, July 9, reported by The Jakarta Post.
Impact of COVID-19 on tourism in Bali
The Indonesian resort island which depends mainly on tourism, organised mass prayers every weekend. This is because the popular tourist destination is looking to embrace a “new normal” as reported by Reuters.
Similar to other destinations Bali also started a phased reopening. This reopening will include strict health and safety measures which is specially developed to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Tourism in Bali is highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past few weeks, the number of foreign tourists arrival sunk to nearly zero. The destination has recorded 1,900 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 974 recoveries and 23 deaths as on Monday afternoon.
Reuters reported that the occupancy rate at local hotels declined to 2 percent in May, down from 51.5 percent during the same month previous year and 62.5 percent this past December.