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National Covid Handling Task Force Urges Bali Governor To Regulate Quarantine Policy For Visitors

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The Head of The National Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Lieutenant General of Military, Doni Monardo has urged the Governor of Bali to regulate a quarantine policy for both domestic and international visitors.

This idea was proposed by Doni during a closed meeting that was held at the Governor’s office in Denpasar on Thursday (1/4). He also proposed the governor create a special team to handle the quarantine program in Bali. “I proposed this program to the governor, and I hope he will create a special team that consists of Military and Police officers to handle the program.” Doni said on Friday (2/4).

Doni explained that the program was initiated to support the central government’s efforts in reducing Covid transmissions across the nation. It could also be a prevention step to avoid the transmission of the new variant of Covid-19 that was recently found in England, especially during the upcoming holiday season in May 2021 where the influx of domestic visitors are expected to arrive. “The governor needs to anticipate the massive influx of domestic visitors in May that could potentially increase Covid transmissions on the island.” Doni added.

Doni hopes that this program will help Bali to avoid an increase of transmissions and eventually bring back the tourism that has been devastated by the pandemic. “Bali is facing a major crisis from this pandemic, so I hope this will bring a positive impact in the future and the Bali economy will eventually recover when the border reopens.” Doni concluded. 

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Justin

Sunday 4th of April 2021

The only real way to control spread if opening prior to all inbound areas being fully vaccinated is to have a 14 day hotel quarantine process. This would unfortunately stifle people wanting to travel as most only spend 7-10 in Bali on average. The government would be better set vaccinating to entire population in Bali and then all of Indonesia to ensure they are protected. This would align with countries like Australia who see Bali as a special place.

Wayan Bo

Sunday 4th of April 2021

There is a wisdom that say better later than never. Very optimistic expectations are that pandemic can least next six months, the less optimistic expectation is that about one year from now pandemic will end. Hope for best be ready for worst.

Ron Carter

Sunday 4th of April 2021

Doni Monardo doesn't say what the special team will actually be doing. That is not already being done. Why is Bali Government allowing a massive influx of tourist in May? Just when Bali seems to be getting Covid under control. Bali still has over a 100 new cases a day and 6 deaths per day. The Governor stated by June at least 3 million people will be vaccinated by June. So why not wait for this miracle to happen then bring tourist back. Bali needs to get to single digit figures before allowing any tourist back.

ben

Sunday 4th of April 2021

@Ron Carter,

I do agree with that, this same mistake is beeing done by many countries and I really don't get it. They'd better wait a little bit more as the vaccination seem to be quite fast in some areas, this would avoid ruining all the effort made so far. I'm in touch every 3days with some of my local friends living in Benoa, Nusa Dua and Sanur areas which already got their first dose 2 weeks ago, the second dose is expected for mid may, so waiting until june would be much safer, then they could perhaps reopen borders right for the summer season and if they reach 3M by june, the colelctive immunity would help a lot to stabilize the situation and limit spreading of this shit. Bali has sufferd a lot already, no need to add pain to pain.

Paul W

Sunday 4th of April 2021

What is the point of vaccinating the majority of Bali citizens when the island is freely open for domestic tourists and visitors to come and go. Either the government want to concentrate on the foreign tourists or free for all domestic travel. The island will never have a low enough level of Covid cases for safe tourism if the domestic travel is not controlled properly. Don’t get me wrong Bali is of course part of Indonesia but the government need to decide and prioritise which type of visitor they want to kick start the economy as soon as possible. Unfortunately it’s not safe for international tourists to mix with non vaccinated Indonesian tourists. Close the ferry ports and control entry to everyone through the airport.

J West

Sunday 4th of April 2021

The new and deadly variants are spreading faster and are more deadly, especially among young people. The tourists at most risk of carrying the variants and being exposed are the young....who don't have the emotional or intellectual capacity to save themselves from harm. Time for adults to step in and make the hard decisions.

Ron Carter

Sunday 4th of April 2021

@J West, Adults might be in short supply in Bali. The Bali Government has handled the coronavirus abysmally right from the outset.