The tourism sector is one of the most important sectors because it has a large economic impact on the Indonesian people, especially in Bali. However, since the corona virus has hit Indonesia, tourist attractions there have slowly started to be quiet from tourists until the climax is that the government has imposed the PSBB system and temporarily closed all places that can cause crowds, including tourist attractions. This certainly has a very broad effect on society, even though most Balinese life is very much dependent on the tourism sector. The following are some of the impacts of Covid-19 on the tourism sector in Bali.
The closure of various tourist attractions
The increasing number of corona virus cases in Indonesia has forced the government to find ways to stop the spread of the virus, one way is to close tourist attractions. In Bali, this rule is strictly enforced, considering that Bali is a gathering place for foreign tourists. Managers inevitably have to follow this rule for the safety of their employees and tourists.
Beach tourism as one of the most popular places for foreign tourists in Bali is completely closed. This also happens to other tourist attractions such as Ulun Danu Temple, Jatiluwih Village , Wanagiri , Bali Zoo, and many others.
Disruptive Economic Economy of the Community
Bali is one of the destinations for local and foreign tourists, no wonder many people take advantage of this opportunity to work or do entrepreneurship in various tourist attractions. However, during the corona pandemic and the temporary closure of all tourist attractions in Bali, people temporarily had to switch businesses. Even though several layers of society in Bali are very dependent on visits from tourists.
One of the tourist attractions that are widely used for income generation is the beach. There, people who open goods rental services, sell souvenirs, massage services or other businesses are forced to bite their fingers because the situation is not getting better.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is so great, in the Bali tourism industry this has made many employees working at tourist attractions have to be dismissed. Owners or managers of tourist attractions inevitably have to reduce excessive spending, therefore one of the methods chosen is to lay off workers.
According to several sources, in Bali there have been hundreds to thousands of workers who have been laid off, some of which have only been put at home. But still, the Covid-19 virus pandemic has further increased the unemployment rate in Indonesia.
The fading of the popularity of new tourist attractions
For Bali tourist attractions that are just starting to pioneer, Covid-19 has had a huge impact. How come? The popularity that was being built was immediately destroyed by the presence of Covid-19. Currently, they only hope that the government will help raise the existence they had built before the pandemic.
Tourism Facility Maintenance Expenses
The closure of many tourist objects has made the managers of tourist attractions confused about how to pay for maintenance in their place. Even though maintenance costs are not cheap, starting from electricity, water and others. Meanwhile, their only income is from visiting tourists.
Those were some of the impacts of Covid-19 on tourism in Bali. Recently the government has begun to loosen the regulations on the closure of Bali tourist attractions, this is a breath of fresh air for tourism managers and workers who are at home. Even so, only local tourists and foreign tourists trapped in Bali are allowed to visit these tourist objects.