The Jakarta Post
Sebaru Kecil Island in Thousand Islands, Jakarta, on Feb. 26. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
Some 1,900 tourists reportedly visited Thousand Islands regency on the second weekend of June, which was the beginning of the capital's transition from large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) into the “new normal”.
According to Puji Astuti, head of Thousand Islands Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, the regency welcomed 619 visitors on June 13 and 1,265 people on June 14.
“Tourists are starting to visit Thousand Islands again during the PSBB transition period. This positively impacts the local economy,” Puji said as quoted by kompas.com.
Puji said tourism was being reopened in the region in compliance with COVID-19 prevention protocols, with all related businesses, such as restaurants, homestays and resorts, limiting visitor numbers to 50 percent of capacity.
“We hope this will be a good beginning for a healthy, safe and productive Thousand Islands,” Puji said.
Located to the north of the city, Thousand Islands is the closest beach resort and diving area to the capital.
Those planning to dive in Thousand Islands are now required to obtain a health certificate showing they are free of COVID-19.
“Divers who want to go to one of the islands have to show a health certificate or at least the results of a COVID-19 rapid test,” said Ebram Harimurti, the head of a diving business association in Greater Jakarta told kompas.com.
Ebram added that he hoped transportation operators who arranged trips from North Jakarta to Thousand Islands would conduct health inspections on tourists before taking them to the islands. (gis/kes)