The streets of Bali that were once bustling with tourists are now empty as Indonesia struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of Bali residents have been left jobless after the Indonesian government declared a total state of emergency banning all non-citizens from entering the country.
Last year, a record breaking 1.2 million Australians visited the island with many holidaying at hot spots like Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu.
But since no more tourists are flooding in, Bali has become a ghost town with tour guides, hotel workers and shop owners struggling with the hit to the economy.
‘The coronavirus has collapsed the Balinese economy … it’s been a steep drop since [mid-March] when social-distancing measures were put in place,’ Mr Kandia a tour guide for the last 35 years told ABC
Around 12 million people in Indonesia work in tourism based roles.
The government announced a total of $40billion would be used to help the Indonesian economy in three different stimulus packages.
It includes tax breaks and subsidies for individuals and businesses, along with an online upskill and training programs that can help out those financially impacted from coronavirus
But not everyone can access these programs and are forced to instead rely on their own councils to provide food and support.
There are more than 2,400 cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia and 209 people have died.
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