Bali Is Hoping To Reopen For Tourists By October
Australia has effectively been shut off from the rest of the world for weeks to avoid any spikes in the number of coronavirus cases.
As the number of cumulative infections drops, many are wondering when life will seemingly return to normal.
While we've been warned that international travel won't be resurrected until at least the end of 2020 or around 2021, there's a holiday destination that will likely be open. Bali, the rite of passage for many Aussie tourists, is hoping to throw open its doors to travellers in a few months.
The holiday hotspot has only recorded 343 cases of the coronavirus, which is incredibly low compared to Indonesia's national total of 16,496 infections.
The tourism ministry said if the rate of infections continued to stay low, they would consider opening the city up for tourists.
Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, secretary of the ministry, said Bali, Yogyakarta and the Riau Islands, have been earmarked to reopen between June and October
Many who live in Bali will be hoping for a massive influx of tourists when the decision is made to open their doors. Thousands depend on travellers for their income and tourism has plunged by up to 60 per cent since March.
The Indonesia Institute president Ross Taylor said these people won't have much to keep themselves alive without tourism.
He told The West Australian: "People don't have a social safety net like we do in Australia - the amount of savings for Balinese is usually about one to two weeks,"
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"There's families [in Bali] actually starving - it's catastrophic the economic fallout for a disease that appears not to be impacting as yet on the island."
But don't get excited about booking that October holiday just yet.
Australia still has a travel advisory not to visit any country in the world and authorities have said that easing that restriction will be the final frontier in the path out of the pandemic.
Australia's Chief Medical Officer has explained that a large chunk of our coronavirus infections came from people who visited from overseas or were returning from an international holiday.
As a result, officials are being incredibly strict with our borders for the foreseeable future.
Doctor Brendan Murphy told a government inquiry into the coronavirus: "Two thirds of our cases have been overseas acquired and recent analysis in academic literature has shown that those countries that have done the best have introduced border measures.
"I cannot see border measures materially changing for some time and that presents a huge problem for the nation.
"There is no clear road map out of this, we have a strategy of maintaining strong suppression, potentially elimination in some parts of country while we relax restriction.
"Australia will continue to reassess every few months and see where the situation stands.
"I have no vision at the moment on the current international scene where strong border measures won't be necessary ... the world situation will evolve over many months."
So keep that massive suitcase in storage for a little while longer until it's safe to head abroad.
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