Thursday, 09 April 2020 | 04:55 WIB

Raja Ampat Closes All Tourist Destinations to Curb Coronavirus Outbreak

Raja Ampat Closes All Tourist Destinations to Curb Coronavirus Outbreak (wikimedia)

WAISAI, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Raja Ampat regency government, West Papua Province, is closing all tourist destinations in the area to prevent the spreading of coronavirus in Indonesia.

The local government has issued Circular number 440/101/Setda dated March 22, 2020, on Monday. The circular has been distributed among the community, tour operators, and tour guides in Raja Ampat district.

Yusdi Lamatenggo, Head of Tourism at Raja Ampat Regency, said the Raja Ampat Regency Government had closed all tourist destinations for the next 14 days as an effort to prevent the spreading of the new coronavirus.

"Today, the Regent's circular letter for the closure of all Raja Ampat tourist destinations has been issued," he said.

The closure of all tourist destinations by the Raja Ampat district government has the support of travel businesses and actors that operate in the area as an effort to prevent the Coronavirus.

Owner of Raja Ampat Utedencha Travel and Tour, Yulius Ricky, said that his company supports the steps taken by the Raja Ampat district government to close all tourist destinations as an effort to prevent the covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

"For me, the Raja Ampat Regency Government's decision is correct to protect the public from the Coronavirus that is currently ravaging Indonesia," he said.

A similar sentiment was also conveyed by Ranny Iriani Tumundo, owner of the Raja Ampat Ethnic Journey Tour and Travel, who strongly supports local government policy to close tourist destinations to prevent Coronavirus.

"The steps of the Raja Ampat district government are very appropriate because it is better to prevent than cure," Ranny said.

The owner of Raja Ampat Unik Tour and Travel, Riani, also gave appreciation to the local government for taking steps to prevent the spreading of the Coronavirus by closing tourist destinations.

"We also no longer receive guests as a step to support the efforts of the regional government in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. We also recommend that the local government limit the crowds that are still visible in Waisai, the capital city of Raja Ampat district," Riani added.