Tourist sites reopen as rules are relaxed



A number of tourist destinations in Indonesia reopened in areas that relaxed their Covid-19 public activity restrictions, known locally as PPKM, earlier this week.

Among the reopened tourist spots is Mount Ijen National Park in Banyuwangi District, East Java Province, which resumed operations on Thursday, after being closed for two months at the start of pandemic restrictions.

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

Following the lowering of Banyuwangi’s pandemic restrictions to level 2 this week, the national park will limit daily visits to around 150 people, in line with the 25% capacity limit for national parks when implementing the PPKM of level 2.

The last hours of operation for Mount Ijen are 3 a.m. local time until noon every day. Hikers are required to be vaccinated at least with the first doses and to bring vaccination certificates as proof.

Likewise, the Dieng Volcanic Complex, also known as the Dieng Plateau, located in both Wonosobo and Banjarnegara districts in Central Java Province, has also reopened since Friday, following the lowering of prices. restrictions from both districts to level 2 this week.

The resort also enforces a 25% capacity limit in accordance with Tier 2 restrictions.

“We are ready to open. We have already done health protocol simulations, ”said Agung Yusianto, director of the Banjarnegara Cultural and Tourism Agency, on Thursday.

Much like Mount Ijen, the Dieng Recreation Area requires visitors to be vaccinated with the first shots to a minimum.

In addition, Ancol Dreamland Park State Park in North Jakarta has also reopened two of its attractions, Ancol Beach and Allianz Ecopark, for visitors who want an outdoor vacation starting on Friday.

Meanwhile, other tourist spots inside the park such as the famous Fantasy Land (Dufan) theme park, Sea World, Ocean Dream Samudra, Atlantis Water Adventures and the art market remained closed on Saturday. .

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

“We still have not decided when will start the reopening of the trial, because we are still preparing the process of implementing the PeduliLindungi application. At the moment, we are still waiting for QR codes for the destinations. Once the codes are ready, the trial will reopen, ”Utari said.

As of this week, Yogyakarta’s pandemic restrictions (Prambanan temple) remain at level 3, as do 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 Campground in Bandung District in West Java Province are also expected to reopen immediately, according to Bandung District Chief Dadang Supriatna.

“We still don’t have the details, but we’ll announce it soon,” Supriatna said Thursday. – AFP



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