The Covid-19 Task Force (Satgas) has issued a circular on restrictions around activities during Idul Adha, one of which is closing all tourist attractions on the island of Java-Bali.

A restriction on activities will take place from July 19 to July 25 during the Eid al-Adha 1442 Hijri holiday.

Restrictions on tourist attractions in non-PPKM (Restrictions on Community Activities) Emergency areas will be tightened to only operate at a maximum of 25% capacity.

The regulation is outlined in the Task Force Circular (SE) Number 15 of 2021 concerning Restrictions on Community Activities during the Eid Al Adha 1442 Hijri holiday and the Covid-19 Pandemic.

“Tourist attractions that have the potential to create crowds if not anticipated properly and tourist attractions throughout Java and Bali shall be subject to closure,” said Covid-19 Task Force Spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito at a press conference on Saturday (17/7) night.

Regulations also limit all forms of public travel outside the region, except for workers in essential sectors.

Groups excluded from the regulations include those with urgent needs, including seriously ill patients, pregnant women (with 1 companion), childbirth assistance (with a maximum of 2 companions), and non-Covid-19 corpse carriers with a maximum of 5 companions and travelers under 18 years of age.

“We learned from previous experiences during long holidays, especially with Idul Fitri, it (Covid cases) spikes because some people insist on travelling through backroads and so on, so that it finally has collapsed,” said Wiku.

Wiku said that users of all modes of transportation must include a work registration certificate (STRP) or other certificate and a vaccination card including proof of receiving at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

These provisions apply to travelers from and to the island of Java and Bali, though logistics vehicles and people traveling with urgent needs are excluded. Additionally, travelers are also required to show a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result.

Wiku emphasized that worship or religious activities in areas affected by the Emergency PPKM are prohibited during this period. The public are asked to worship in their homes.

The same regulations also apply to areas affected by the heightened Micro-PPKM and non-Emergency PPKM red and orange zone districts/cities. Worship activities are limited to 30% of the regular maximum capacity for non-emergency PPKM periods.

Wiku also appealed to residents to conduct virtual gatherings during the Eid al-Adha holiday this year. Local governments are asked to secure their territories by not accepting guests from outside the area.

Author: HL

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