Nature Tourism in 270 Regions Allowed to Reopen

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  • Foreign tourists stroll without wearing face masks on Berawa Beach, Badung, Bali, Friday, June 19, 2020. The Bali administration plans on implementing a three-stage health protocol in welcoming the new normal period beginning July 9, 2020, where the tourism sector is planned to reopen in the last stage. ANTARA/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo

    Foreign tourists stroll without wearing face masks on Berawa Beach, Badung, Bali, Friday, June 19, 2020. The Bali administration plans on implementing a three-stage health protocol in welcoming the new normal period beginning July 9, 2020, where the tourism sector is planned to reopen in the last stage. ANTARA/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - COVID-19 mitigation task force chief Doni Monardo has announced that 270 regencies and cities categorized as green and yellow zones are allowed to reopen their natural tourist destinations.

    “Nature tourist areas can be opened gradually until the maximum limit of visitors at 50 percent of its normal capacity,” said Doni in a press conference broadcasted via the BNPB YouTube account on Monday, June 22.

    The nature-based attractions allowed to welcome tourists are marine tourism, water conservation, adventure tourism, national parks, tourism parks, forest parks, wildlife reserves, geological parks, and non-conservation parks.

    Botanical gardens, zoos, safari parks, tourist villages, and community-managed natural tourist areas are also allowed to reopen. 

    The decision to open the tourism areas depends on the local regents or mayors, yet it must be through prior discussions with the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) and involve tourism operators, regional Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), epidemiologists, public health experts, community leaders, the business community, and local regional legislative councils (DPRD).

    The nature tourism operators must set up health and crisis management protocols up to the operational level in each region. Monitoring and evaluation before and during the reopening must also be carried out.

    “Local governments should provide recommendations for operators who have met the health protocols,” said Doni.

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