The reopening of the Siginjei, Perjuangan Rakyat (People's Struggle), and Gentala Arasy museums has been approved by the Jambi Provincial Government and its COVID-19 task force, head of administrative affairs at Siginjei Museum, Muzakir, said here on Thursday.
Since then, many local residents, especially university students who are keen to collect data for their studies, have been visiting the museums. People are also visiting the museums with their kids for educational and recreational purposes, he said.
Through their collections, the museums allow visitors to observe and learn about Jambi's heritage in terms of art, history, language, local wisdom, and cultural richness, Muzakir noted.
“(A) Museum is a media for people's literacy. So, we hope they (the public) will always visit our museum. We guarantee that visiting it is secure because we are strictly enforcing the healthcare protocols," he said.
A museum worker is scanning visitors’ body temperatures before they enter the Siginjei Museum, he stated, adding hand-washing facilities have also been made available for visitors.
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As of July 14, 2020, Jambi province had reported 124 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths. The total number of patients under surveillance stood at 210, while 2,491 people were placed under monitoring in the province.
Apart from the government's continued endeavors to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases, many provincial governments have enforced transitional large-scale social distancing measures (PSBB) as they prepare for a new normal.
In the Indonesian capital territory, the Seribu Islands district administration has even reopened tourism resorts under stringent health protocols.
The reopening of the islands' tourist resorts is in accordance with Governor's Decree Number 563 of 2020 on implementation of the initial stage for the transitional PSBB, starting June 13, 2020.
In response to the reopening of tourist resorts in various parts of Indonesia, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and the Tourism and Creative Economy Board have released a guide outlining health protocols for the hotel and restaurant sectors.
The tourism industry needs to prepare itself so it can guarantee high standards of cleanliness, health, safety, and sustainability on the goods and services it offers to tourists, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy and head of the TCE board, Wishnutama Kusubandio, said recently.
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