Sama Jaya, Piasau, Bukit Sembiling nature reserves remain open to visitors while others closed from May 10-17

A scenery of a trail in Sama Jaya Nature Reserve. Photo credit: Sama Jaya Nature Reserve’s Facebook page

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, May 8: The Sama Jaya Nature Reserve in Kuching, Piasau Nature Reserve in Miri and Bukit Sembiling Nature Reserve in Limbang will remain open, while all Totally Protected Areas (TPAs) in Sarawak will be closed for visitations effective May 10 to May 17.

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in a statement today said however, activities in the three nature reserves are limited to physical exercising or jogging only.


This was in line with the updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) dated May 8, 2021.

Visitors patronising the three nature reserves must obtain admission card before entry and are still required to comply with the SOPs such as practising social distancing of at least one meter apart, wearing of face mask (where necessary), body temperature checks and thorough hand washing.

The nature reserves must also provide only one authorised entrance and ensure that the number of visitors must be limited to only 50 per cent capacity of the premises.

Where applicable, visitors are to follow a one-way direction when using the trail.

Not more than 10 pax per group, with a maximum of 100 pax, depending on the discretion of a park warden, are permitted to access the nature reserve at any one time.

Among the prohibited activities in the nature reserves are guided or unguided ecotourism tours; trekking outside authorised trails; touching, disturbing or feeding wildlife; religious, social functions, seminar, workshop, training, course or exhibition; as well as picnicking and children playground recreational activities. — DayakDaily