The consideration of a full lockdown in Bali has stirred up residents and businesses alike.
The partial lockdown currently in place in Bali and Java restricts outdoor activity as well as business operating hours. If approved, the complete lockdown proposed by Bali Senator will tighten measures one step further.
Most recently, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bali commented on the proposal while requesting the central government to provide free swab tests for domestic tourists post lockdown.
The Head of Gianyar Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Pande Mahayana Adityawarman, denounced the idea of a complete lockdown stating it would not be feasible.
“I disagree with a complete lockdown, it will cost a fortune for the provincial government to provide food aid or cash assistance to all the people in Bali,” said Adityawarman on Wednesday (27/1).
He also noted that the effects of a complete lockdown could potentially take Bali’s economy into a deeper crisis.
In exchange, he suggested the government let economic activity run as usual with added health and safety protocols.
Adityawarman is optimistic that the second phase of partial lockdown will soon show results.
“If people keep following the rules during this partial lockdown, I believe that COVID-19 cases will be significantly reduced.” Adityawarman added.
Additionally, he urged the central government to provide free swab tests to domestic travelers who plan to visit the island once the partial lockdown ends.
He supports the plan of the Indonesian Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno, to set up an office in Bali in order to increase interaction with the tourism sector during this time.
“I hope that Sandiaga Uno will make a recovery plan for Bali tourism as soon as possible.” Adityawarman concluded.
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