An official from the Badung Tourism Agency has proposed that the central government allow domestic travelers to visit the island despite the partial lockdown implementation.
The Head of Badung Tourism Agency, Cok Raka Darmawan, proposed for the central government to keep allowing domestic travelers to visit the island, despite the partial lockdown on the tourism sector in Bali. He said that implementing more restrictions could potentially affect the Bali economy that has been struggling to survive due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We really appreciate the government’s policy to protect the people from the Omicron variant by extending the quarantine time for international travelers.
But most people in Bali have been struggling to survive since the Covid-19 pandemic struck almost 2 years ago. And it’s been really hard for our tourism sector here. So our only hope right now is the domestic market,” Damawan said on Wednesday (1/12).
He explained that the number of domestic visitors significantly increased in the last several months, thanks to the Covid-19 vaccine that has been rapidly distributed and strict prevention protocols implementation. These resulted in a significant reduction in Covid-19 transmission in most parts of the country, including Bali.
“The Bali airport began to receive thousands of domestic visitors each day. So I hope they won’t put more restrictions as long as all the prevention protocols are properly implemented and the Covid-19 vaccination rate is high,” Darmawan concluded.
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