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Jakarta Post

Bali reopens to domestic tourists with modest ceremony

  • I Wayan Juniarta


Denpasar   /   Sat, August 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Foreign tourists walk along the Berawa Beach in Badung, Bali on June 19, 2020. The Bali administration has prepared three-phase relaxation schemes for "new normal" era to welcome tourists to the popular resort island.(Antara/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo)

After a five-month hiatus imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bali was officially reopened for tourism in a modest ceremony in Bali's tourist enclave of Nusa Dua on Thursday evening. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio and Bali Governor I Wayan Koster were joined by scores of dignitaries as they struck a kulkul (bamboo slit drum) to mark the reopening. Toward the end of the ceremony, they raised their hands in a joint toast featuring the island's locally produced palm liquor spirit arak. "This is a historic day and the decision to reopen the island was not made hastily. It was made after taking into consideration the number of people who have been discharged and recovered, the mortality rate as well as the fact that the island, with regard to the pandemic, now comp...