The Borobudur Temple will be temporarily closed for tourist visits from May 8-17, 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, said Head of the Borobudur Conservation Center Wiwit Kasiyati.
In a written statement in Magelang on Saturday (8/5), Kasiyati conveyed that the temporary closure was based on the Magelang Regent Circular Number 443.5 / 1729 / 01.1 / 2021 dated May 4, 2021 concerning Enforcement of Micro-Based Community Restrictions (PPKM) Extension to Control the Spread of COVID-19 in the Magelang Regency.
It is also based on the Circular of the Magelang Youth and Sports Tourism Office Number 556/324/19/2021 dated May 7, 2021 concerning the Extension of the Implementation of Micro-Based PPKM for controlling COVID-19 durint the Idul Fitri 1442 Hijriah holiday in the Magelang Regency.
Wiwit said that the WHO has declared COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) or a Public Health Emergency that Concerns the World (KKMD).
The virus has so spread to several regions in Indonesia, including the Central Java region, which has entered a second year but has not ended.
Based on the Letter of the Head of the Health Office Number 443.5 / 4514/05/2021 dated May 7, 2021 regarding Risk Zoning for COVID-19 in the Magelang Regency, the Magelang Regency is still declared an orange zone. In order to suppress transmission of the virus, community activities in public places as well as tours are prohibited and closed to the public.
He conveyed that Borobudur Temple is one of the icons and signature tourist destinations in Indonesia which brings in thousands of visitors per day, especially during the Lebaran / Idul Fitri holidays.
These conditions promote the potential for the transmission of COVID-19 before, during, and after the Eid holiday in 2021.
“For the safety of visitors to the Borobudur Temple, maintenance staff, security guards, and assistants of the Borobudur Temple, the Borobudur Temple will be temporarily closed for visits from May 8-17, 2021,” he said.