Mount Batur in Kintamani is still closing its access for hiking activities up until now even though the government has applied the new normal protocols.
The closing of Mount Batur since March was done in regards to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Regional conservation section II BKSDA Bali chief, Sulisto Widodo has confirmed on Tuesday (18/8) that his side cannot be sure when Mount Batur will be reopened.
He admitted that they are still waiting for instruction from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. “Since Mount Batur is a conservation area, the policy is on the ministry,” he explained him.
Sulistyo also admitted that even though Mount Batur is still closed, the excitement from visitors who want to hike Mount Batur is quite high. As long as the mountain is still closed, there will be people guarding the area.
Guarding is carried out in collaboration with the sectoral police and koramil. Socialization is also being carried out. However, because there are a lot of hiking treks, there are still some citizens who hiked secretly. “The main trek is actually only one, the one in Pura Jati. But the access can be entered from many, so we are also facing difficulties,” explained him.