BUNAKEN residents area are expected to always implement health protocols in the period of the adoption of new customs.

According to the Deputy of the Ministry of Tourism’s Destination and Infrastructure Development, Hari Santosa Sungkari on Bunaken Island, Manado, North Sulawesi, said the implementation of health protocols such as physical distancing, wearing masks when outside the home, and always washing hands. Thus, both domestic and foreign tourists believe and believe in the cleanliness and safety of Bunaken.

“Even though here (zone) is green please keep on wearing masks if there are tourists, if we wear masks make them calm even though green if we don’t wear masks they are not calm. Secondly we don’t know lest they transmit (COVID-19) later so keep on wearing the mask,” Hari said.

Hari explained that in the new custom period after the COVID-19 epidemic, the cleanliness of a tourist destination became one of the important factors to increase tourist attraction. This is in accordance with the implementation of the Cleanliness, Healthy, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) protocol which aims to optimize tourism businesses and the creative economy in handling and improving hygiene, beauty, health, and safety of the people in the destination in entering a period of adaptation to new habits.

“Clean is the main formula for tourism to come and there is no beauty without being clean and for tourists to come that the security of tourist destinations is also important,” he noted.

At the same time, the Director of Regional Destination Development II, Deputy for the Development of Destinations and Infrastructure of Tourism Ministry, Wawan Gunawan added that there must be innovation in each tourist destination to adjust and implement health protocols.

“That way, the destination becomes COVID-19’s green spot. As confidence rises, the destination will surely be visited by tourists,” Henry affirmed.

In addition, the Head of the North Sulawesi Provincial Office, Hendry Katjily said this activity aims to prepare for the reopening of tourist destinations in North Sulawesi in a new custom era.

Hendry also appreciated the success of Bunaken’s residents in maintaining health protocols. This is proven by the fact that there are no residents of Bunaken Island who have contracted COVID-19. So far in Bunaken no COVID-19 positive residents have been detected. Great Bunaken people. []