By the New Year’s Eve 2021 until three days after it, the Ubud Monkey Forest is the choice of tourists for traveling. In addition to local people and domestic tourists, foreign tourists also enjoyed the New Year’s Eve atmosphere at the tourist attractions located at Padang Tegal village, Ubud, Gianyar. “Towards the New Year, from December 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021, the number of tourist visits is quite good. However, after that the visits have started to decrease drastically,” said General Manager, Nyoman Sutarjana, on Thursday (Jan. 7).
Based on management data, the number of tourist visits for 14 days amounted to 355 people on average per day. Tourist visits at that time were dominated by domestic tourists and local people. Meanwhile, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the doors of foreigners to Indonesia have not been opened. Of the total number of visits, around 15 percent were foreign tourists who had a Limited Stay Permit Card (KITAS). “The decrease in visits after the New Year probably happened because they have started going home,” he said.
The tourist attraction, named Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, was once closed due to the impact of the Covid-19. After the Bali provincial government implemented a new era of life (New Normal), the Ubud Monkey Forest was reopened on November 5, 2020 by prioritizing the application of the Health Protocol. Reopening is an effort to improve the existing order of community life, especially a number of animals that need attention. “The main requirement is the obligation to implement health protocols for visitors and staff, so that tourist objects do not become new clusters for the spread of Covid-19,” he added.
Health protocol facilities are prepared in all areas of the object, such as preparing a place to wash hands, putting up a sign in line to adjust the queue distance as an effort to implement social distancing. Visitors, including staff and employees, are required to check their body temperature as a way to break the chain of the spread of Covid-19. “We regularly clean up the area with disinfectants. The application of this process is a way to convince potential visitors that this object is safe. Hopefully, this epidemic will quickly pass so that tourist visits will return to normal,” hoped Sutarjana. (BTN/015)