The Jakarta Post
The trio of Mount Bromo, Mount Batok and Mount Semeru seen from Penanjakan 1 Hill. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
The recreation area of one of East Java's most popular destinations, Mount Bromo, has reopened to tourists.
The area had been closed since March to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Following the reopening, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park Agency is requiring visitors to register online prior to arrival.
The mountainous area, which comprises several sites that sit within two East Java regencies, will also put a cap on visitor numbers, allowing only 739 travelers per day, or 20 percent of its normal capacity.
Below are the new limits at each site:
As reported by kompas.com, the agency will impose sanctions on visitors who violate its health protocols and may close the site again without prior notice if a new coronavirus case is discovered.
Mount Bromo is an active volcano in East Java. It is part of a volcano complex that includes Mount Semeru, the highest peak on Java Island.
With a summit at 2,329 meters, it attracts visitors who enjoy light hikes and jeep tours, which are organized by locals.
Mount Bromo, the name of which derives from Hindu God Brahma, is an important site for the Javanese Hindu community as well. Cultural and religious ceremonies organized there attract tourists as much as its natural beauty. (gis/kes)
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