A report from Reuters cited Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno as saying that plans to reopen Bali to foreign tourists will be delayed due to the recent COVID surge in Indonesia.
According to Sandiaga, the government will wait for a significant fall in coronavirus cases before moving forward with the reopening plan.
With businesses resigned to government decisions, UHA plans on focusing on the domestic market in the last quarter of this year should the borders remain closed.
After about a month of reporting less than 100 new cases daily, Bali’s daily infections count rose to the triple digits on June 19 and has been climbing up since. The province reported 221 new cases today, bringing the active cases to 1,707 and total cases over 50,000.
The surge in Bali comes as the rest of Indonesia also reports significant spikes. The archipelago nation passed its 2 million case mark last week, and recorded an all-time daily infection high of 21,807 cases today.