Indonesia's Komodo park to apply health protocols over COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-17 19:10:19|Editor: huaxia

JAKARTA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia has been setting up health protocols for the Komodo National Park as the government has been reopening gradually tourist destinations across the country, an official said on Wednesday.

The park situated in East Nusa Tenggara province's district of Manggarai has been shut down along with the other tourist destinations to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, but recently the government has decided to end the closures with tight health protocols.

"There must be several restrictions for tourists visiting the Komodo National Park," head of the park's administration Dwi Putro Sugiarto said on Wednesday in the province.

The rules in the prepared protocols include that on the number of visitors, which is limited between 20 and 50 people for each spot to deter mass gathering, according to him.

Also, the number of tourists diving in waters off the Komodo Island is restricted, he was quoted by local media as saying.

The protocols being prepared aim at creating safe travels in the Komodo National Park, Head of the provincial tourism office Wayan Darmawa said.

Precautionary measures including setting up isolation rooms have also been taken in anticipation of COVID-19-infected holiday makers, he said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the tourism sector in Indonesia and now the country has gradually reopened the tourist destinations with new rules to ensure that tourists would not take any risks, nor would they bring any virus to the destinations. Enditem