As the government has stopped funding hotels for the isolation of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in Bali, hotels are further faced with financial setbacks. One of the hotels affected is the Vasini Hotel on Jalan WR Supratman, Denpasar. The General Manager of The Vasini Hotel admitted that room rental fees for Covid-19 patients in December, January, and February had not been paid by the government as previously agreed.
The value of this payment is USD $91,549 (IDR 1.3 billion). “For the past three months we have not received payment,” said the General Manager of the hotel, Ketut Suartaya on Saturday (27/2/2021).
He said this payment was important for the operational costs of the hotel, starting with the purchase of food, employee salaries, and electricity consumption.
According to Suartaya, there are 14 quarantine hotels that complained about the same thing. The plan is that in the near future, the managers of these hotels will meet the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, asking for help.
Meanwhile, the National Electricity Company (PLN) has warned the hotels to pay their bills otherwise they could cut off the hotel’s electricity. Suartaya said that he reported this issue to the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) in order to help them communicate with the electricity company.
“This is a really complicated situation, apart from the electricity we were also unable to pay our staff salary two months due to lack of financial resources,” Suartaya added.
The Head of Bali COVID-19 Handling Task Force, I Made Rentin explained that he has been communicating with the central government through the National Disaster Management (BNPD) to seek a solution to this issue.
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Monday 1st of March 2021
Back to early 1980's with petrol lamps and power generators and daily selerys of about US $ 1.50 it's a new reality.
Monday 1st of March 2021
This Bali Government never meet their obligation they have no idea of business acumen. In the pass year they have constantly been untruthful about the Coronavirus and have left the burden of accommodating those affected with Covid to the Hotel Industry. They are constantly untruthful regarding Covid numbers so people that are placed in hotels are not counted in the daily numbers of new Covid cases. Bali with a population of 4.3 million people has had more Covid cases and more deaths than Australia with 27 million. I hope this Bali Government will for once do what is right and just PAY UP.