The majority of local vendors inside the Tanah Lot Temple area chose to remain closed despite the reopening of tourist attractions for domestic visitors.
The Tanah Lot Public Relation Staff, Kadek Niti confirmed that despite the leniency that was given by the central government to reopen businesses and tourist attractions in Bali, the number of daily visitors at Tanah Lot Temple is still far from what people expect, causing majority of shops and vendors in the temple areas to become reluctant to open their businesses back up.
“Since the government started to allow us to reopen the Tanah Lot Temple, we’ve hoped to receive around 1,000 visitors each day. But unfortunately we averaged only around 300 guests per day.” Niti said on Friday (17/9). However, Niti admitted that Tanah Lot recorded its highest number of visitors on Sunday, Sept 12th 2021, with a total of over 600 visitors that day.
“This is one of the reasons why shops decided to remain closed or only operate on the weekend.” Niti concluded. Meanwhile, one of the shop owners named Ni Luh Nyoman Nendeng (aged 55) said that she used to have sales around USD 211 (IDR 3 million) a day before the Covid-19 pandemic struck in Bali. “We had been earning a decent living before the Covid-19 pandemic struck last year, but now it’s very difficult to reach USD 7 (IDR 100,000) in a day. That’s why most shop’s have decided to stay closed.” Nendeng said.