Indonesia’s central government has downgraded Bali to Level 3 of the Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (PPKM), meaning that more curbs are being relaxed, including at tourist attractions and cinemas.
“The government has managed to downgrade Bali Province to Level 3,” Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said during a press conference last night.
“This is the fruit from all parties working together to keep PPKM effective.”
Bali had mostly been under Level 4 PPKM — the highest level — ever since the four-tiered restrictions system was introduced in late July.
The Bali Provincial Government has yet to issue an official circular regarding this latest weekly PPKM extension, the latest of which is set to last until Sept. 20. However, the central government says that tourist attractions in Level 3 regions are allowed to reopen with strict health protocols and screening using the integrated health and mobility tracking app PeduliLindungi. In addition, cinemas in Level 3 regions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited at 50 percent.
In the past week, Bali recorded a significant drop in new infections, ranging between 150 and 300 daily. The province has also been prepping for eased restrictions in public facilities, with trial runs of reopening in malls and also tourist spots.