Australia has decided to temporarily shut down Mount Uluru, one of the oceanic nation’s icons, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among Aboriginal people living there.
Parks in Australia said in a statement to DPA that the decision was made at the request of Aboriginal people from the Mutitjulu community who fear that tourists visiting Uluru will bring them COVID-19.
“We have great respect for the traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and will continue to work in good faith with them and other parties to protect Mutitjulu residents,” he said.
More than 250 Anangu indigenous people live in the Mutitjuli community, which is located just behind the Uluru, a 348-meter rock formation also known as Ayers Rock. The site was closed between March and June due to the pandemic, but it received visits from Australian tourists again in late July.