surfing beaches closed by bali governor a day after reopening.
I Wayan Koster, The Governor of Bali has stated that he is going to revoke the decision of opening two beaches in Badung Regency for foreign tourist by Badung Tourism Agency.
"I'll inform the head of [Badung] tourism agency that we haven't reopened our tourism yet. I disagree [with the reopening] and the decision should be annulled," Koster said on Tuesday
Koster further stated that this is against the circular that has been issued by him regulating the closure of all tourist destinations in Bali until further notice.
"We had instructed to close tourist attractions through a circular and we have not reopened them yet," he said.
The decision of opening two beaches was taken on Monday by Badung regency that includes Canggu Beach and Labuan Sait beach, for foreign surfers only. Beaches are still restricted and off limits to locals and domestic tourists and non surfers as said by The agency head, I Made Badra.
"The foreign surfers are stressed-out after staying indoors for three months, so we gave them a little leniency as long as they follow health protocols," Badra said. "
As per the rules foreign surfers were to be tested at the check points in Balawista posts and by the [COVID-19] task force of the two villages where the beaches are located. Surfers were also required to wear the face masks at all time.
"We'll check the temperature of each visitor, those who have a high temperature will be taken to the nearest community health center [Puskesmas] immediately," Badra said.
As of Monday, Bali recorded 482 cases of COVID-19 with five fatalities and 334 recoveries.