Covid-19: Bali holds mass prayers for reopening from coronavirus lockdown- Bali News

Covid-19: Bali holds mass prayers for reopening from coronavirus lockdown

Covid-19: Bali holds mass prayers for reopening from coronavirus lockdown


Bali has reported 1,849 coronavirus infections and 20 deaths up to now, while Indonesia as a whole has listed 63,749 instances and 3,171 deaths since early March.The idyllic Southeast Asian island will slowly reopen this month for national tourists while keeping a"rigorous health protocol" to avoid the spread of the virus which causes Covid-19, Bali provincial secretary Dewa Made Indra told reporters.The local government expects to reopen Bali to overseas arrivals in September.Tourism is Bali's key source of income.  Travel restrictions because of the pandemic have hammered the local market.The occupancy rate at Bali's starred resorts dropped to 2.07percent in May, according to Bali statistics agency statistics, from 62.55% in December prior to the pandemic struck and down from 51.56% in May 2019.     "What I expect is the best for Bali and... all of the tourists will visit Bali and everyone will be happy and healthy again," Robin Tesselar, a Dutch citizen staying in Bali, told Reuters after attending the Besakih prayers.Tourism-related companies are preparing to for the reopening by implementing the health protocols, aiming to enhance them until Bali reopens for global tourists, said hospitality executive Yoga Iswara.


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