Sabang marine tourist resort in Aceh reopens

Sabang marine tourist resort in Aceh reopens

Balohan seaport in Sabang, Aceh Province. ANTARA/Khalis

Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA) - The Sabang municipality has permitted to reopen its marine resort and resume operations of sea transportation modes to Sabang on Weh Island amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by adhering to the health protocol standard.

The decision was stipulated in Sabang Mayor's Circular Letter No. 440/3111 on June 1, 2020, Bahru Fikri, the Sabang municipality administration’s spokesman, noted here on Monday.

"Fast boats and ro-ro ferry operate one-round trip per day, with a maximum passenger limit of 50 percent of the normal capacity of the ship, and they must apply the COVID-19 health protocols," he remarked.

Local tourists are required to hold Sabang ID cards and undergo medical checkups at the seaport.

Tourists coming from outside Sabang are required to hold health certificates issued by the hospital, community health center, or other health clinic.

During their visits to tourist attractions in Sabang, tourists are required to follow health protocols by wearing face masks, carrying hand sanitizers or soaps, and checking body temperature.

Hotels and inns in Sabar are also necessitated to follow stringent health protocols.

"The hotels and inns must be sprayed with disinfectant liquid daily. Physical distancing and health protocols pertaining to the spread of COVID-19 must be applied," he stated.

The Sabang coastal town, situated on Indonesia's westernmost island of Weh, is a tourism icon of Aceh Province since it is known for its scenic marine panorama.

Sabang has become a preferred place for marine tourism lovers for engaging in various activities, including diving, snorkeling, fishing, sun-bathing, and visiting interesting spots.

Weh Island is exotic and romantic, as it is surrounded by several small islets. Moreover, its strategic location, Weh Island, located between the Indian Ocean and Malacca Strait, is easily accessible by both domestic and foreign tourists. Related news: Sabang's Zero Kilometer Monument named unique tourism destination
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