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'New normal' protocols to be applied in Yogyakarta in July

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, May 24, 2020  /  04:42 pm
'New normal' protocols to be applied in Yogyakarta in July

The Yogyakarta administration will apply “new normal” health protocols starting in July, including in the tourism industry. (Antara/Hendra Nurdiyansyah)

The Yogyakarta administration will apply “new normal” health protocols starting in July, including in the tourism industry.

Kadarmanta Baskara Aji, the administration secretary, told tempo.co on Friday that one of the regulations would limit the number of visitors to tourist destinations to 100 people.

Along with tourist destinations, hotels, shopping malls and traditional markets will also have to comply with the protocols. Hotels, for instance, must provide hand sanitizer and handwashing stations. The number of guests per room will also be limited.

For shopping malls and markets, organizers will have to be prepared for large crowds and make sure that visitors wear face masks.

Regarding why the protocols were to be applied in July, Aji said one of the factors was that social assistance funds would end in June. Afterward, the public would be expected to resume their activities and businesses while adhering to health protocols.

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Yogyakarta tourism agency head Singgih Rahardjo said that for businesses to resume their operations, they would be expected to be fully prepared and would have to follow the development of COVID-19 cases in the city. Also, tourism would only resume if there was a decline in the number of cases in Yogyakarta and a recommendation from the COVID-19 task force in the city.

On Wednesday, it was reported that 20 hotels and restaurants in Yogyakarta were planning to resume operations in early June despite the pandemic.

Deddy Pranowo Eryono, head of the Yogyakarta branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), said that the properties were required to prepare the necessary facilities to implement the COVID-19 health protocols.

Popular tourist destinations such as the Borobudur and Prambanan temples in Central Java will also be opened to tourists in June after being closed for the past three months. The temples’ organizer said that their reopening would comply with COVID-19 protocols, such as requiring visitors to wear face masks and practice physical distancing. To reduce interactions between visitors and staff, the management would use cashless ticketing services. (wng)

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