The famous Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali will reopen for tourists on November 5th, 2020 with new health protocols in place.
The Monkey Forest in Ubud is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bali that is located in Padangtegal Village and has been closed since the pandemic began.
The Head Of Padangtegal Village, I Made Gandra has decided to reopen the Ubud Monkey Forest as an effort to recover the economic situation of the local community in Padangtegal especially for the surrounding area of the monkey forest.
“We must do this especially for the monkeys, somebody has to feed these animals and to attract people to come to Ubud” Made Gandra said to Bali Vice Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace) in Governor’s Office on Tuesday Oct 27th 2020.
Cok Ace is in support of reopening plan on November 5th.
Cok Ace agreed to the plan to reopen several tourist attractions in Ubud as long as they are following all COVID-19 prevention protocols to avoid transmission of the virus in Ubud.
“Please stay safe and follow the rules to prevent creating a new cluster of COVID-19 inside the Monkey Forest” Cok Ace said.
Cok Ace said that the Ubud area seems like a ghost town and has been hit harder than anywhere else on the island without any tourist activity in sight.
He asked to the local community in Ubud to keep their shop doors open, which will help create an ambience that feels normal in hopes that it will bring more people back to the area.
“Most of the accomodations in Ubud are closed so it has caused domestic tourists to stay elsewhere on the island. It obviously makes things worse in Ubud that it still appears mostly closed” Cok Ace concluded.