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Bali to Disguise its Famous Smile?

Bali Health Officials Recommend that Hotel and Villa Employees Wear Surgical Masks.

(7/11/2009) Kompas.com reports that employees of Bali hotels and villas are being urged to wear surgical masks when serving guests.

The Head of the Bali Health Service, Nyoman Sutedja, made the suggestion for surgical masks at a coordination meeting on the H1N1 virus at Bali governor's office on July 10, 2009. According to Sutedja, the use of the masks will not frighten Bali visitors, but, instead, serve as symbol of the island's preparedness.

Sutedja told the press that his suggestion has been delivered to all hotels and villas in Bali, both directly and via tourism and hotel organizations such as the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and the Indonesian Travel Agent Association (ASITA). Sutedja defends the need for surgical masks usage among tourism service staff as necessary to halt the spread of the H1N1 Virus which, to date, has been confined to foreign visitors to Bali with no cases reported among the local population.

Meanwhile, Kompas.com reports that hotels in Bali have reached an informal agreement not to use ambulances to transport guests suspected of suffering from H1N1 to local hospitals. The Bali Health Service has noted and accepted this decision in order to prevent any panic among Bali's tourist visitors.