The Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary has been reopened for domestic and foreign tourist visits starting on Saturday (Sep 11). The community welcomed it by visiting the monkey forest sanctuary that relies on the monkey’s cuteness with their family. However, there is something different from the previous atmosphere, where visitors start by checking the temperature and washing their hands. “We require visitors to wash their hands before entering Monkey Forest Sanctuary,” said General Manager, Nyoman Sutarjana, Monday (Sep 13).
Early in the morning that day, visitors began to arrive to see the cute monkeys. Those who have just entered the parking area are required to check their temperature and the QR Code for the PeduliLindungi application. Visitors then enter the lobby or visitor area and they are required to wash their hands, and clean their hands with hand sanitizer. At the ticket booth, visitors are arranged with a special sign, so that they are not close together, and must queue. “Monkey Forest is an open natural tourist attraction, so we can arrange the track without being jostled,” added this man calmly.
Tourists can then freely watch the monkeys which are the main attraction for nature tourism. Some take pictures with monkeys, while some others feed the monkeys under guidance of local officers in the tourist attraction area. Although the visitors are in the open area, the officers in the local forest area still remind the visitors to be disciplined in wearing masks. “All visitors must wear masks. If there are those who do not wear masks, they are not allowed to enter. We also provide masks for sale,” said Sutarjana.
According to Sutarjana, the implementation of the health protocols has been carried out since the reopening by carrying out a new era of life order. Moreover, currently Ubud is designated as a green zone, so Monkey Forest as a tourist attraction in the Ubud area must support it by living a new era of life and implementing strict health protocol, and setting up clinics. “Monkey Forest Ubud already has a Certificate of Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) because the government has previously conducted an assessment,” he said.
Based on data from the entrance ticket officer at the tourist attraction, on the first day or after it was opened there were about 60 tourists who visited the attraction located in Padang Tegal Village, Ubud, Gianyar. They were mostly local Balinese people who came from various regions. On the second day, the number of visits increased by around 100 visitors. (BTN/015)