KOMPAS.com – Two Bali beaches briefly reopened to international tourists eager to go surfing after more than three months of quarantine but soon after closed anew.
Canggu and Labuan Sait opened on June 1 even though the entire island remains closed to tourism activities.
The decision to reopen the two Bali beaches was made by the Head of Badung Tourism Agency, I Made Badra.
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A day after on June 2, Bali Governor I Wayan Koster announced his plan to revoke the Badung Tourism Agency’s decision.
The two Bali beaches only allowed international tourists who had earlier deferred surf sessions due to coronavirus pandemic-related restrictions.
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Activities such as sunbathing and playing at the beach were forbidden while locals and non-surfers were not allowed to enter the beaches.
Made reasoned that foreign tourists in Bali have been stressed out after being in quarantine for three months.
“We’ve loosened the measures a bit, but the foreign tourists are required to follow health protocols. The tourists had to be examined by the Covid-19 task force of the two villages near the beaches and by the ‘Balawista’ posts,” said Made.