West Java government strengthens oversight of tourist attractions

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Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) – The West Java provincial government has stepped up oversight of tourist attractions during the Christmas and New Year holidays, one of which is implementing random health screening for visitors.

“This is an effort to anticipate the spread of COVID-19 and prevent an increase in the number of visitors over the Christmas holidays on weekends. Supervision will continue until the New Year holidays,” said the head of the Tourism, Telecommunications and Transport division of the West Java Province Regional Economic Recovery Committee, said Dedi Taufik.

Many parties are involved in the surveillance, he told ANTARA on Sunday in a telephone interview.

Members of the West Java Tourism and Culture Authority team were dispatched to areas frequented by tourists during holiday periods.

These areas include Grand Bandung, Lembang-Ciater, Cipanas-Kamojang-Santolo, Pangandaran, Palabuan Ratu, Bogor-Puncak-Cianjur, Cirebon-Kuningan and Ciwidey-Pangalengan.

Taufik himself oversaw the implementation of health protocols in Taman Safari Indonesia Wildlife Park, Bogor District, West Java.

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“We are monitoring people’s visits to tourist attractions in order to suppress the transmission of COVID-19 during the Christmas and New Year holidays,” he explained.

Besides implementing health protocols, operators of tourist attractions are also advised to use the PeduliLindungi app as an early screening effort for visitors.

Taufik claimed his party was carrying out COVID-19 antigen testing at several tourist attractions. The test is divided into two: the first is a random test, and the second is for visitors who do not have the PeduliLindung app and do not present their vaccination results.

The tourist attractions that were chosen to take the test are Taman Safari and Pangandaran Beach. He informed that no one had tested positive so far.

“In terms of health protocols, it’s (the implementation) already good. We are also implementing the PeduliLindungi app and COVID-19 testing. So far no one has tested positive (for COVID -19) “, he remarked.

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