As a precaution against the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indonesia, the government has decided to temporarily close a number of popular tourist attractions. Most of the closures will be completed by the end of this month, during which time each site will be thoroughly cleaned and quarantined, to ensure the safety of visitors when they return in April.
This past weekend, officials in Jakarta confirmed a number of tourism hot spots will have to close their doors, including the Jakarta History Museum, Wayang Museum and Monas, along with Taman Mini Indonesia. Each destination, along with several more of the capital’s most popular attractions, will be closed until 27th March.
In Central Java, the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia has announced that a number of temples near Yogyakarta will also close to the public, from 16-29 March. These include Prambanan, Sambisari, Ratu Boko and Ijo temple. In addition, visits to Borobudur will be limited to zone 2 of the monument, as the main area (zone 1) will be shut off to the public. A total of ten temples will be closed as part of the safety measures in Central Java. For the full list, head over to our social media pages:
Elsewhere in Indonesia, the Gili Islands (Trawangan, Meno and Air) in Lombok will also be temporarily closed to the public, in an effort to ensure they are free of the virus before peak season begins. The government of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) has declared a state of emergency for the province amid the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them more sweeping powers for closures, cleaning and containment. Visitors to Lombok should note that they will not be able to visit these islands for the time being. The date of their re-opening has not yet been set.
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