Belitung, Bangka Belitung (ANTARA) - Bangka Belitung Islands (Babel) Governor Erzaldi Rosman Djohan announced that Belitung Island is ready to receive tourists by applying requisite health protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

"In this new normal era, I also ensure that the implementation of COVID-19 health protocols at tourist attractions on Belitung Island runs smoothly," Djohan stated here on Wednesday.

The readiness of Belitung Island to receive tourists is apparent from the stringent application of the health protocols, starting from the airport to hotels and also at tourist attractions.

The government has also categorized Babel, especially Belitung Island, comprising two districts of Belitung and East Belitung as a green zone.

"Visiting tourists need not harbor apprehensions since apart from Babel being designated a green zone, this tourist spot is also applying health protocols," he stated.

Babel Islands are one of the provinces categorized as green zones and had obtained the central government’s recommendation to become one of the areas that could be frequented for tourism purposes in the new normal era.

Djohan lauded the good news for Babel since the tourism industry is crucial for the province's economy, and that the people have been homebound for months.

Babel has an abundance of natural beauty in the form of scenic beaches, calm seas, clear sea waters, and small green islands.

Babel is ready to welcome tourists. Hotels and restaurants have begun operating again, and tourist attractions have reopened, Djohan noted. Related news: Domestic tourists start trickling into Bali's Tanjung Benoa
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