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Indonesia Reviewing Plan to Reopen Tourist Areas to Foreigners

Closed parasols are seen on a beach temporarily closed due to the coronavirus in Kuta, Bali on June 22.

Closed parasols are seen on a beach temporarily closed due to the coronavirus in Kuta, Bali on June 22.

Photographer: Putu Sayoga/Bloomberg

Indonesia is reviewing a plan to reopen its tourist areas to foreign visitors amid concerns that such a move could compromise the country’s effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir said.

Thohir, who is overseeing the daily operations of the country’s coronavirus taskforce, was responding to a question if the government will go ahead with a plan to reopen Bali, Indonesia’s most popular tourist spot, on Sept. 11 as scheduled.