Bali, the Paradise Insland that once attracted around millions tourists each year. Now, Kuta beaches, resorts in Ubud and bars lining the coast of Uluwatu sit empty and run down as Bali faces ongoing border closures in the wake of COVID-19. The economy has been greatly affected by the development of this virus. Indonesia’s tourism sector is one of the economic support sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The tourism industry, especially the hotel business, has been the worst hit by the pandemic.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has launched a mass vaccination campaign in Bali amid hopes the resort island can reopen to foreign visitors soon. Indonesia plans to achieve herd immunity by vaccinating 185 million of its 270 million residents within 15 months. Bali has designated three popular tourist districts – Ubud, Gianyar and Nusa Dua – as Covid-19 green zones in the first step towards reopening the island to the outside world. Bali aims to vaccinate 150,000 people working in the tourism sector in the first phase of the inoculation campaign.
In Ubud, during these times, some of the resorts, villas, and even restaurants are striving to survive while waiting the border opens up soon. Resorts and villas are issuing some deals package in order to attract locals and domestic tourists. Some of the restaurants are giving many offers during the times just to preserve their daily operations cost as well to keep their staffs and their living.
Luckily, based on Balinese people nature, the people are collaborating each other to help the communities that impacted the most during COVID-19. Some of them make collective actions to give free food and free groceries on the street. They believe everyone shares the same burden and suffering during these unprecedented times. Many locals as well expats are joining the forces as well. They spread via social-media groups or simply as individual acts.