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Deputy Bali governor Tjokorda Oka Artha has said the province will reopen for domestic tourists on Friday but entertainment venues will remain closed. 

Natural and cultural tourist destinations will be open for tourists, he said, but the popular resort island would not yet reopen its entertainment establishments such as nightclubs and karaoke bars.

Bali Temple

“Nightclubs are not allowed [to reopen] yet. Bali offers a lot [of other tourist destinations] like natural or cultural [tourist spots],” Tjokorda said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.

He said Bali’s hotels and resorts were ready to organize business meetings and events as well.

empty bali street

The Bali administration is currently cooperating with the Denpasar Indonesian Fine Arts Institute (ISI) to hold kecak and other traditional dance performances according to the Jakarta Post

They are trying to figure out ways to allow dancers to follow health protocols while performing the kecak dance, which traditionally involves dozens of performers.

balinese dancer posing for the camera

According to Tjokorda, the Bali administration has prepared for the tourism reopening for a long time.

The administration has a three-phase plan for relaxing restrictions to welcome tourists to the island. The first phase started on July 9 when the administration began reopening local businesses and tourist spots for residents of Bali.

Bali Museum

The second phase will be carried out on July 31 by reopening for domestic tourists. The third phase, which is reopening the border for international tourists, is set to launch on Sept. 11.

Prior to arriving in Bali, all visitors should also install the LOVEBALI application, which can be downloaded via the government’s official website (https://lovebali.baliprov.go.id). The app is used as a platform for visitors to report problems or complaints while in Bali. Visitors are also encouraged to always activate their phone GPS while on the island.

bali attraction

Tjokorda expressed the hope that the reopening could be carried out according to plan since COVID-19 cases in Bali were still under control.

“The number of recovered COVID-19 patients has been increasing in the last few days,” he said.

Garuda Planes parked

However, he said he was not sure that the plan to reopen the border for international tourists could be executed on Sep 11.

“We’re still coordinating [with the central government] regarding the temporary ban on foreign arrivals and transits, which is stipulated in Law and Human Rights Ministerial Regulation No. 11/2020. We’re also still monitoring the development of the COVID-19 pandemic abroad,” Tjokorda said.

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