PT Taman Wisata Candi (TWC) managed of three temples namely Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, and Boko Temple impose restrictions on visitor visits for 14 days, namely on 16-29 March 2020 as an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to the President Director of PT TWC Edy Setijono explained, visit restrictions were imposed for general, regular, sunrise/sunset, and Borobudur Manohara Package visits. Visitors can temporarily only visit zones 2 and 3.
These restrictions are also a follow up to government directives by implementing the COVID-19 public area protocol. If corona virus is found, the whole area will be closed as a precaution to spread.
“The visit restriction policy is taken so that there is no excessive panic so that the conditions of tourism in Yogyakarta and Central Java remain conducive, but remain alert and alert,” Edy Setijono said.
During this visit restriction, the price of admission is reduced. TWC Management only enforce one entry ticket price and exclude canal tickets.
PT TWC has also formed the COVID-19 Dissemination Prevention Task Force which is tasked with carrying out preventive measures by spraying disinfectants throughout the temple’s tourist areas such as toilets, prayer rooms and shelters which are usually a gathering place for tourists.
While the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy appreciated the visit restriction policy. It is important for every tourism industry association to implement a health protocol in accordance with the Minister of Health circular.
The current priority of Tourism Ministry is to protect the health and safety of all levels of society. For this reason, it is necessary to have the support and active role of all stakeholders, including associations and tourism industry players and the creative economy in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. [traveltext.id]