March 2021 Villa Bugis Seminyak Villas

When will Bali re-open for tourism?!

Are you getting tired of this question? We keep hearing different reports, different dates, by different countries by different politicians and health professionals! But the dynamics of COVID-19 and the sometimes poor handling of the pandemic means nothing’s ever really set in stone. Sure, we can be hopeful and optimistic, but even then we must not neglect the importance of sticking with the science and looking after public health.

From Coconuts Bali:

“In one of the more recently announced timeline, Indonesia’s Health Minister said it will be at least another yearuntil Bali opens to international tourists, thus putting the potential reopening of the Indonesian borders to April 2022. After speaking to public health experts a few weeks ago about the planned “green zones” in our little island, that timeline does seem to make a lot of sense, as long as officials take the necessary steps.

Of course, we’re a bit taken aback that President Joko Widodo suggested during his visit to the province this week that Bali might reopen in July if the handling goes well. Well we don’t know about you but even as much as we’d love for this lovely place to restart again, it really should not be done in haste.

So when is it going to be? It’s obvious there’s a lot to be done before we get to any reopening”

So here is what The Indonesian President said about Bali re-opening mid year:

https://balidiscovery.com/president-bali-to-restart-mid-2021/

What is Nyepi in Bali?

Nyepi is commonly called ‘Silent Day’ In Bali – this year Bali marked Hari Raya Suci Nyepi Saca 1943 on Sunday, 14 March 2021. Yep that’s right – in the Balinese calendar it’s 1943!
From sunrise on 14 March until dawn the following day – All Island residents are expected to spend the entire period in their houses with the lights off.
Occurring on the Balinese calendar once every 210 days, Nyepi is a day of absolute silence in which seaports and the airport are closed for 24 hours. – Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents and tourists are not exempt from the restrictions. Although they are free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day. The only exceptions granted are for emergency vehicles responding to life-threatening conditions and women about to give birth.

Doesn’t sound appealing? On the contrary, many like me look forward to it each year – The silence is bliss!

Read more here on Wikipedia if you like know more about Nyepi.


Happy Birthday to the Villa Bugis temple!

A few days ago we celebrated Odalan at the Villa Bugis Temple, which falls every year on the Full Moon of Sasih 10th (Balinese Calendar). Odalan is a celebration of the day when the temple was built. It is a symbol of thanks to the Gods for all the blessings.
Also Happy birthday to Villa Bugis itself on 30th April – VB will be sweet 16!


Food parcels

Villa Bugis management, some of our villa owners and even some of our favourite guests are supporting our staff and families through these tough times over the last year… a big thanks to all who have donated so far, and if you would still like to donate towards our monthly food drives, you are of course most welcome to, just get in touch via admin@villabugis.com – all donations big and small gratefully received!


How is Covid in Bali?

We also get this question a lot…. So, how is the Corona Situation in Bali? Here is an excerpt from Bali.com

  • The Situation in Bali is very much controlled. The numbers had been considerably low compared to other areas in the country, even worldwide
  • Most travelers have left Bali. There are no international tourists at the moment
  • Indonesia has banned all foreign arrivals
  • All citizens and visitors are asked to follow the guidelines of “SOCIAL DISTANCING”
  • Food shopping and other important necessities are still possible
  • A decent amount of restaurants, bars and hotels have opened again
  • Major events have been cancelled and the governor has instructed the Balinese to stay away from mass events (religions and non-religious).
  • Tourist attractions and beaches that had been closed are open again
  • Thousands of Balinese have lost their jobs and businesses have gone/are going bankrupt without ANY income. Personal hardship for the Balinese is very high

Covid protocols are strictly enforced in Bali. The local Balinese are very strict in following health protocols, especially masks. For many non locals, not so – and there has been a need to address that – In a new gubernatorial regulation (Regulation Number 10 of 2021), foreign nationals who violate health protocols and provincial laws pertaining to COVID-19 can now face an increased fine of Rp. 1 million, with repeat violators subject to deportation from Indonesia.

During the enforcement period from 11 January until 06 March 2021, enforcement efforts in Badung Regency netted 2,240 violators who were not wearing masks and not following other health protocols. From that total, 411 were fined a cumulative Rp. 41.1 million. Those not fined received verbal warnings or roadside disciplinary actions, such as a requirement to do push-ups.

Here is a graph of covid rates across Indonesia – which also appear to be reducing, and on the right trajectory. Vaccinations will of course help this a lot.


How about vaccinations in Bali?

The vaccinations are being administered in waves. The first wave is for medical workers who form the vanguard in the battle against the coronavirus. Bali has mainly already achieved the inoculation of medical personnel. The second wave targeted Bali residents living in isolated areas.

As of now, the vaccine is becoming more widespread, and some of our staff have already been vaccinated – hoping to complete all soon!

How are some people coping with no income? Here is an interesting article from the ABC, where In a year without tourism, Bali went back to ‘the old ways of living’