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Jakarta Post

Enjoy Bali responsibly, minister tells visitors

  • Mardika Parama


Jakarta   /   Sat, August 8 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)

A minister has urged travelers to comply with health protocols in Bali as the island has reopened for domestic tourists in the hope of reigniting the local economy hit by the pandemic. National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa assured the public on Tuesday that the island was safe for visits and that the local administration and businesses were taking unprecedented steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission in the tourist destination. “While we should remain vigilant with regard to the virus, we shouldn’t be paranoid. It is safe to visit Bali, but please adhere to the health protocols implemented on the island,” he said during an online discussion held by the ministry. As Bali reopened for domestic tourists on Friday, an estimated 4,000 passengers reportedly arrived at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. A representative of the Airport Authority...