Thursday, May 28, 2020

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Bali

Since the covid-19 outbreak occurred throughout the world, Bali is one of the most affected places. Although the number of infected cases is very small, and the number of deaths is very low, this island is the most suffering in Indonesia. Why suffer the most? Not because the Balinese are infected, but the economy is very devastated. Because the tourism industry is very quiet due to travel and tour restrictions.

The island of Bali is very small which has many interesting tourist attractions, with a unique culture, making Bali an island of world-class tourist destination that is very popular. Most of the economy in Bali grows from the tourism sector. Many Balinese work in the tourism sector. Because it is the most promising job besides agriculture which is the mainstay of the two economic movers in Bali.

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the economy in Bali had collapsed due to the bombing in Legian Kuta in 2002 and 2005. However, when compared with the current economic downturn, the impact of Covid-19 was the most severe making Bali's economy devastated. Bali's economic growth even reached minus, the worst economy in history.

Social and travel restrictions are one way to break the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak. Tourism is a travel activity that can involve many people. Because these restrictions make no one visiting Bali for a tour. This resulted in many hotels being empty without tourists staying. In addition to hotels, restaurants and many shopping places are deserted without buyers. Because there are no customers, they are forced to close their business temporarily until the time is uncertain.

Because many tourism industries have been closed due to the co-19 outbreak, termination of employment is unavoidable. Many hotel employees, restaurants, supermarkets, and souvenir shops must stop working. They are forced to be dismissed because companies cannot pay their salaries. Instead of going bankrupt as a result of bearing a large burden on employee salaries, they must reduce the number of employees.

Now in Bali there are many new unemployment from the effects of this co-19. Many of them are suddenly poor because they have to sell assets to get money as capital to survive. Those who owned agricultural land in the village were forced to return to being farmers to help their parents who were originally farmers. Now there are many new farmers in Bali. Most of those who are fired choose to become farmers in their native villages.

Another impact of covid-19 is that many new street vendors have emerged. They choose to become traders and sell anything rather than not working. This is a new problem for the government. It even becomes a dilemma that is difficult to overcome. They sell on the roadside without permission, causing traffic congestion in urban areas. Selling on the roadside is an option to save expenses if you have to rent a shop.

The impact of co-19 was not only felt by Balinese, but also people all over the world. The economy has been so devastated that it is even difficult to predict how long this will end. Bali, which is a small island that relies on the tourism sector to grow, must now fight back to recover.