The regional governments of Banten decided to close Ujung Kulon National Park (TNUK), the UNESCO World Heritage Site, that located in the westernmost tip of Java, in Pandeglang Regency of Banten, was off-limits for tourists from May 17 to 30, 2021.
The closure in an attempt to prevent the Covid-19 transmission was based on instructions from the Banten Governor and the Pandeglang Regent.
The national park spokesperson Andri Firmansyah on Monday, May 17, said, “To follow the Governor’s instruction and the Regent’s Circular Letter dated May 16, it is officially closed starting on Monday.”
As information, during the Eid holidays last week, a number of tourist sites in the province were packed with tourists which led to crowds.
Andri said his side would follow any policies and instructions taken by the government regarding efforts to break the chain of virus transmission in tourist sites.
“If the policy is withdrawn before May 30, we will abide by it.”
However, the Ujung Kulon National Park management asked the Banten provincial government and Pandeglang administration to immediately seek solutions and alternatives for people affected by the temporary closure.