Nature reserves to reopen

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 06 Jun 2020

The Bukit Lima nature reserve is one of four nature reserves to be reopened to the public for limited activities.

KUCHING: The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) will reopen selected nature reserves to the public for jogging and walking starting June 8.

SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said the reopening of the Sama Jaya nature reserve in Kuching, Bukit Lima nature reserve (Sibu), Piasau nature reserve (Miri) and Bukit Sembiling nature reserve (Limbang) was in line with the decision made by the state disaster management committee

He said the four nature reserves would be opened to visitors to do physical exercises like walking and jogging and to enjoy nature.

However, he stressed that the public must comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) and guidelines put in place at the nature reserves.

“It must be exciting to be able to conduct physical exercises outdoors following the relaxation of the movement control order by the government.

“However, when running or jogging, always ensure you do not run too close to another person. Also, head home straight afterwards,” he said in a statement.

Zolkipli said SFC had designated separate trails for jogging and walking during this time while other facilities, such as cafes and park shops, would remain closed.

He added that the opening hours would be 7am to 10am for senior citizens and 2pm to 6pm for adults.

The reserves will be closed between 10am and 2pm. Children below 12 years old are not allowed to enter.

Other SOPs include body temperature checks, recording contact details of visitors and enforcing social distancing.

Ecotourism tours, picnics, group physical exercises and trekking outside the designated trails are not allowed.

For more information, the public can call Sama Jaya nature reserve at 082-365 194/011-2518 1901, Bukit Lima (084-228 108/019-468 5402), Piasau nature reserve (085-644 487/016-889 8590) and Bukit Sembiling (085-215 121/013-812 1930).

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