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Banyuwangi reopens tourist sites under health protocols

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 7 2020   /  01:00 am
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo greets vendors at Rogojampi market during his working visit to Banyuwangi regency, East Java, on June 25, 2020.(Presidential Press Bureau/Muchlis Jr)

Banyuwangi regency in East Java has begun to reopen tourist destinations under “new normal” policies to alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism, Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas has said. “We have begun opening several destinations in Banyuwangi. It is still limited, including hotels,” he said in a virtual discussion with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Sunday as reported by kompas.com. He added the COVID-19 pandemic had hit local tourism hard, so in a bid to breathe life into the industry, the administration would reopen the destinations under strict health protocols. “In the past, we promoted prices as a selling point, but we can no longer do that now. Health must be our number one [concern].” He also explained that hotels and restaurants in Banyuwangi would be required to obtain and renew city admini...