Bali will remain closed to international tourists until the end of 2020, reports local newspaper The Jakarta Post.
The Indonesian island was originally set to re-open to foreign visitors in September, but the plan has been postponed due to a spike in coronavirus cases in Indonesia.
“We also cannot open the gate to international travellers until the end of 2020 as the situation in Indonesia, including Bali, is not yet safe to welcome them,” said Bali Governor Wayan Koster in a statement, according to The Jakarta Post report.
Indonesia has reported 155,412 coronavirus cases and 6,759 deaths as of August 25, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Bali reported 4,576 coronavirus infections and 52 deaths as of August 24, according to the BBC.
About 80 per cent of the province’s economy relies on tourism. At least 2,667 people who work in the tourism sector have lost their job, and 73,631 people have been forced to take unpaid leave, adds The Jakarta Post.