KOTA KINABALU: Another three nature parks under Sabah Parks have been temporarily closed for disinfection, says Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry permanent secretary Dr Jamili Nais.
The Taman Bukit Tawau in Tawau, as well as Tun Sakaran Marine Park and Pulau Sipadan Park in Semporna, will be closed for a week following a rise in Covid-19 cases in Sabah’s east coast, especially in Tawau and Semporna which are currently listed as red zones.
“The disinfection process for the three parks will take seven days from Thursday (Sept 24) to Sept 30, and they will not be opened to the public during the operation, ” said Dr Jamili.
On Thursday (Sept 24), he issued a statement saying that the Kinabalu Park Complex would be closed for two weeks from Sept 25 until Oct, after a mountain climber from Tawau, who was a close contact of a Covid-19 patient, tested positive.
That meant that the complex, as well as climbing activities, would be closed for business during the period.
However, Dr Jamili said other parks still open to visitors were Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (Kota Kinabalu), Taman Pulau Penyu (Sandakan), Taman Banjaran Crocker (Keningau, Tambunan, Tenom), Taman Pulau Tiga (Kuala Penyu) and Taman Tun Mustapha (Kudat).
People are also allowed at other stations within Kinabalu Park; Stesen Mata Air Panas Poring (Ranau), Serinsim sub-station (Kota Marudu), Sayap sub-station (Kota Belud), Monggis sub-station (Ranau) and Nalapak sub-station (Kota Marudu), he added.
“A Covid-19 control centre has been activated at Kinabalu Park for the purpose of curbing the spread, where Covid-19 tests are being done on close contacts of the patient, namely mountain guides, civilian climbers and park staff, as well as private company staff handling the climbing programme on those days of the climb (Sept 13 - 14).
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