Indonesian tourist sites reopen after easing of Covid-19 restrictions

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JAKARTA, Sept. 12 (Xinhua): A number of tourist destinations in Indonesia reopened on Friday (Sept. 10) in areas that eased restrictions on public activities related to Covid-19, locally known as PPKM, more early this week.

Among the reopened tourist spots is Mount Ijen National Park in Banyuwangi district of East Java province, which has resumed operations since Thursday, September 12, after being closed for two months at the start of pandemic restrictions.

According to Banyuwangi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) section chief Purwantono, the national park was visited by about 600 visitors per day on average during the pre-pandemic period.

Following the lowering of Banyuwangi pandemic restrictions to Level 2 this week, the national park will limit daily visits to approximately 150 people, in line with the 25% capacity limit for national parks during the implementation of Level 2 of the PPKM.

The latest operating hours for Mount Ijen are from 3:00 a.m. local time to 12:00 p.m. local time for every day. Hikers are required to be vaccinated at least with the first doses and to bring vaccination certificates as proof.

Similarly, Dieng Volcanic Complex, also known as Dieng Plateau, located in both Wonosobo and Banjarnegara districts in Central Java Province, has also reopened since Friday, after the restrictions of the two districts were eased. at level 2 this week.

The resort is also implementing a 25% capacity limit as per Tier 2 restrictions.

“We are ready to open. We have already carried out health protocol simulations,” Banjarnegara Culture and Tourism Agency chief Agung Yusianto said on Thursday.

Like Mount Ijen, Dieng Recreation Area requires visitors to be vaccinated with the first vaccinations at a minimum.

In addition, state-owned Ancol Dreamland Park in North Jakarta has also reopened two of its attractions, Ancol Beach and Allianz Ecopark, for visitors looking for an outdoor vacation from Friday.

Meanwhile, other attraction sites inside the park such as the famous Fantasy Land (Dufan) Amusement Park, Sea World, Ocean Dream Samudra, Atlantis Water Adventures and Art Market remained closed Saturday.

However, PT Taman Wisata Candi, the operator of Borobudur Temple in Magelang District in Central Java Province, Prambanan and Ratu Boko Temples in Yogyakarta and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) Culture Park in Jakarta, has confirmed it had been given the green light to reopen and operate while implementing testing using the mobile contact tracing app.

Taman Wisata Candi’s general secretary, Emilia Eny Utari, said the decision on the operating permit was taken for tourist sites by the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment on September 7.

The reopening of the four destinations is due to the fact that they have all obtained the Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) certificates from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Utari said, adding that another reason is that they are located outdoors.

“We still haven’t decided when the reopening of the trial will start, as we are still preparing the process of implementing the PeduliLindungi app. At the moment, we are still waiting for the QR codes for the destinations. Once the codes ready, trial reopening will happen,” Utari said.

As of this week, pandemic restrictions for Yogyakarta (Prambanan Temple) remain at Level 3, same for Magelang District (Borobudur and Ratu Boko Temples) and Jakarta (Taman Mini Indonesia Indah).

In addition, popular tourist destinations Kawah Putih (White Crater) and Glamping Rancabali Campsite in Bandung District, West Java Province are also expected to reopen immediately, according to Bandung District Chief Dadang Supriatna.

“We still don’t have the detail, but we will announce it soon,” Supriatna said Thursday in Bandung, which has been applying Tier 3 restrictions since the start of this week.

On September 6, the Indonesian government decided to extend its restrictions on public activities for another week on the country’s most populous island of Java and the famous tourist destination of Bali, and as for some areas outside the two islands , the restrictions are extended until September. 20.

The PPKM policy was imposed by the government in response to the spike in Covid-19 cases from late June to July, driven by the highly transmissible virus

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