The Jakarta Post
Paralayang Hill at the eastern end of Parangtritis Beach in Yogyakarta is one of the favorite attractions in the area. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)
Ten tourist destinations in Yogyakarta are scheduled to reopen on July 1 as the province gears up for the “new normal”.
The destinations are Baron Beach, Kukup Beach, the primeval volcano of Nglanggeran and Kalisuci cave in Gunungkidul regency Becici Peak, Pinus Pengger, Seribu Batu, Pinus Sari and Parangtritis Beach in Bantul regency and the Breksi cliff in Sleman regency.
“We will hold a trial until June 26 prior to reopening,” Yogyakarta tourism head Singgih Rahardjo told tempo.co. “The number of visitors will be limited to 50 percent of normal capacity.”
The managers of each tourist site have implemented health protocols since early this month. “If a destination is not ready, we won't recommend it to reopen,” Singgih said. “The tourism [sector] is ready for the ‘new normal’ policy, we’re just waiting for the gubernatorial regulation.”
The Yogyakarta administration reportedly will apply "new normal" health protocols starting in July. Singgih said that, to resume operations, businesses were expected to be fully prepared and 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.
The Yogyakarta tourism agency is also observing “new normal” simulations conducted by dozens of hotels and restaurants. “Hotels and restaurants still need to improve a bit in terms of their preparations,” Singgih said. (wir/wng)
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