Houseboats allowed to run at 50% capacity

One of the houseboats at Royal Belum in Perak.

TOURISTS can now start to book houseboat trips in Royal Belum, Perak.

With tourism activities allowed to resume this month, houseboats are among those that have reopened for business.

Tourism Perak, in a statement, said only those who had completed their Covid-19 vaccination and aged between 18 and 60 years would be allowed on houseboat trips.

“After nearly 19 months of closure, the houseboats in Tasik Temengor at Royal Belum can start operating, as long as they abide by the standard operating procedures.

“At the moment, only day activities such as fishing are allowed, with 50% capacity,” the statement said, adding that low-risk individuals, including those deemed as casual contact, were allowed on the houseboats.

“Both operators and visitors must show their digital vaccination certificate together with their permit.

“Visitors are not allowed to enter or conduct any activities at Orang Asli villages,” the statement said.

StarMetro had on Oct 8 reported that houseboat operators were looking forward to the lifting of the interstate travel ban to allow them to operate again.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had recently announced that interstate travel was allowed effective Oct 11.

Tourism Perak reminded all houseboat operators that they must register with the Hulu Perak Land and District Office and the Fisheries Department.

“All houseboats must also be equipped with the MySejahtera QR Code and a logbook in case they do not have Internet connection.

“The operators and staff must conduct sanitisation at least three times daily at common areas such as toilets, store rooms, surau and service counters.

“Only three-day, two-night trips are allowed with a maximum 50% capacity, including the boat operator,” the statement said.

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