Mount Bromo will reopen on August 28, 2020 starting at 13.30 WIB with strict health protocols, the Head of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park Center, John Kenedie said on Tuesday (25/8).
“The opening of Mount Bromo was carried out in stages, after obtaining approval from the Minister of Environment and Forestry,” said John in East Java, as quoted by ANTARA.
For the initial stage, continued John, the tourists who will visit Mount Bromo are limited to 20 percent of the total capacity, or as many as 739 people per day. The number of visitors will be evaluated and increased gradually.
Of the total quota of 20 percent, tourists who want to visit Penanjakan are up to 178 people per day, out of a total capacity of 892 people
To Bukit Cinta a maximum of 28 people per day, from a total capacity of 141 people.
To Bukit Kedaluh, a maximum of 86 people per day, from a total capacity of 434 people.
To Teletubbies Savana, a maximum of 347 people per day, from a total capacity of 1,735 people.
And to Mentigen a maximum of 100 people per day, of a total capacity of 500 people.
“Every week there will be a gradual evaluation. If it is safe, and there are no new clusters, we will gradually add it to 30 percent to 50 percent later,” said John.
The opening of the Bromo tour is in accordance with the Decree of the Minister of Environment and Forestry Number 261 / MenLHK / KSDAE / KSA.0 / 6/2020 concerning the gradual reactivation of National Parks, Nature Tourism Parks and Wildlife Reserves for Nature Tourism Visits in Final Transitional Conditions COVID-19.
The opening of the Bromo tourist area, was also accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Regent of Probolinggo, Regent of Pasuruan, Regent of Malang, and Regent of Lumajang, regarding the reactivation of natural tourism objects by taking into account the factors of cleanliness, health, safety and the environment.
“Recommendations from four regents already exist to open Bromo in stages,” said John.
John explained that tourists visiting Mount Bromo must strictly adhere to health protocols in an effort to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.
Tourists are required to include a health certificate, and free of Upper Respiratory Infection (ISPA), from the health center.
In addition, the tourists’ body temperature will also be checked. Tourists whose body temperature is a maximum of 37.3 degrees Celsius are allowed to enter.
“The ISPA free health certificate is mandatory, and the body temperature is not more than 37.3 degrees, otherwise it is not possible. This has all been agreed upon by all stakeholders,” said John.
John reminded that tourists are expected to comply with the health protocols that have been prepared. If there is a violation, the competent authorities will provide sanctions for the violators.
“If there is a new cluster, we are forced to close Bromo again. We pray, because this concerns the economy of the people there. Hopefully it is safe, everyone longs for Bromo to be opened,” said John.
The tourist area of Mount Bromo has begun to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 19, 2020. This closure is one of the steps to anticipate the spread of the Corona virus, especially in tourist destination areas.
The Bromo area is one of the leading tourist destinations in East Java. It was noted that throughout 2019, the number of tourist visits from both domestic and foreign to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park reached 690,831 people.
Of this total, 669,422 people are domestic tourists, while 21,409 others are foreign tourists. Total Non-Tax State Revenue (PNBP) from tourist visits to Mount Bromo throughout 2019, reached IDR 22.86 billion.