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Borobudur, Prambanan temples to reopen in June

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, May 19, 2020  /  05:03 pm
Borobudur, Prambanan temples to reopen in June

Buddhist stupas are seen at the ancient Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java. (AFP/Goh Chai Hin)

Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko temples in Central Java will be reopened for tourists in June after the popular tourists destinations were closed for the past three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We plan to reopen the temples on June 8,” said Edy Setijono, director of PT Taman Wisata Candi (TWC) Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko, as quoted by kompas.com.

He said the reopening of the temples would comply with the COVID-19 protocols suggested by the government, in particular by the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry.

“When the temples are reopened, they will be run in accordance with the 'new normal' tourism,” Edy said.

He said that the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry had recommended tourist destinations implement a “cleanliness, health and safety” (CHS) program.

Read also: Borobudur, Prambanan temples extend closure to April 11

“This program is crucial as the pandemic has changed our habits. The public now cares more about cleanliness, health and safety, including in tourism,” he said.

In compliance with the protocols, the management of the temples will require visitors to wear face masks and go through temperature check posts. They will also be required to practice physical distancing.

“We will provide hand washing stations every 100 meters as well as signage and information boards explaining the COVID-19 protocols,” Edy said.

To reduce interactions between visitors and staff, the management will use cashless ticketing. (gis/wng)

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