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KUCHING, June 5: Selected nature reserves in Sarawak will be opened to the public for joggers and walkers from June 8 onwards.
Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in a statement today said the selected ones are Sama Jaya Nature Reserve (Kuching), Bukit Lima Nature Reserve (Sibu), Piasau Nature Reserve (Miri) and Bukit Sembiling Nature Reserve (Limbang).
After almost three months of being cooped up at home due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the selected nature reserves were allowed to open based on the decision made by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton assured the public that these four nature reserves would be opened for visitors to do some physical exercises like walking and jogging and to enjoy nature during this difficult time.
“However, members of the public needed to comply to standard operating procedures (SOP) that SFC had in placed. Upon entering the parks, the public must follow the guidelines and instructions at our reserves,” said Zolkipli who is also the Controller of National Parks & Nature Reserves.
The opening hours for senior citizens are from 7 am to 10 am and adults from 2 pm to 6 pm.
The reserves will be closed from 10 am to 2 pm.
Children below 12 years old are not allowed to enter.
“It must surely be exciting to be able to conduct physical exercises outdoor following the relaxation of the Conditional Movement Control Order by the government. However, when running or jogging, always ensure you do not run too close to another person.
“SFC have designated trails for jogging and walking separately. Make sure you head home straight after your jog or walk,” he added.
Meanwhile, other facilities, such as the cafe and park shop will remain closed.
Members of the public can call the respective Nature Reserves office at Sama Jaya NR (082-365194, 011 – 25181901), Bukit Lima NR (082-228108, 019 – 4685402), Piasau NR (085 – 644487, 016 – 8898590), or Bukit Sembiling NR (085 – 215121, 013 – 8121930). -DayakDaily