Watch: Nias before the govt shut the door
Indonesia's North Sumatra administration is planning to shut all access to Nias, possibly as early as today. An article in The Jakarta Post says the move is in response to "a recent surge in COVID-19 cases."
"The coronavirus was carried there by visitors to the island,” said North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi. “A month ago, there were no suspected COVID-19 cases on the island. Now, 90 people have tested positive."
Edy assured locals and stranded tourists there'd be enough supplies to last the lockdown period.
Already there were very few travelling surfers in Nias judging by the lineup shots of this video filmed on Monday. The losmen may be struggling but the crowd factor is a historical throwback and is no doubt welcomed by the crew in the water.