Mount Bromo Closed to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

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Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is closed. The closure policy to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus was signed by the Head of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (BBTNBTS) in Malang.

In addition to the closure, BBTNBTS postponed and restricted research, education, expedition, and other activities in the TNBTS area, which involved and had direct contact with many people.

Section 1 head of Bromo Tengger National Park Semeru Sarmin said the closure referred to the designation of the Covid-19 pandemic as a national disaster by the president. The closing also refers to a circular from the Ministry of Forestry and the environment, Director-General of Conservation of Natural Resources and Ecosystems, and recommendations from the Probolinggo District Government.

“Enforcement of the closure, came into force from 19-31 March 2020,” said Sarmin via mobile, Thursday (3/19/2020).

Earlier Tuesday (17/3) at the Office of the Youth and Sports Tourism and Culture, Probolinggo Regency, Kadisporaparbud Sugeng Wiyanto instructed the closure of all attractions in the local district.

The closing instructions, according to Sugeng, addressing the decline of the Probolinggo Regent circular on tourism, which mentioned the closure of all attractions in the Probolinggo Regency, starting from 17 to 31 March 2020.

Sugeng conveyed the closing appeal not only applies to tourism objects under the auspices of the Probolinggo Regency government but also private. Even so, with the attractions of Mount Bromo.

Probolinggo Regency Government urges the manager of Mount Bromo tour through Cemoro Lawang Resort to do a temporary closure.

“This closure is valid for 14 days from 17 to 31 March 2020. Until later, an evaluation will be conducted before 31 March 2020,” he explained at the Disporaparbud Office, Probolinggo Regency.

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Sugeng continued for hotels, restaurants, and homestay managers and tourism service businesses, to provide services, it is compulsory to follow the health protocol issued by the Probolinggo District Health Office.

“So the health protocol, namely the use of hand sanitizers and thermometer infrared when detecting guests who come,” said Sugeng.

If later guests are found to have the characteristics of contracting the Covid-19 virus, Sugeng appealed for tourism actors to immediately push the concerned, contact the hotline at number 112 or 08113373119.

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