Lake Toba has reportedly reopened to North Sumatra residents, but tourists from outside the province and abroad won't be allowed to visit the iconic destination until later this year, says a report in thejakartapost.com.
Domestic tourists from outside the region are welcome from August to October. Foreign tourists will likely be allowed to visit between November and January 2021.
Despite the reopening, the local administration would continue to monitor tourist visits to curb the spread of COVID-19. Samosir regency remains the only Lake Toba area with green-zone status because it has reported zero COVID-19 cases.
The Samosir regency administration manages 18 tourist sites in the Lake Toba area. Six others are run by village administrations, three by communities and three others are privately owned.
The decision to reopen had been warmly welcomed by business players as many hotels and restaurants on Samosir Island had temporarily shut down due to the closure of Lake Toba.