The West Java Province Tourism and Culture Office (Disparbud) followed up on the direction of the West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil regarding the closure of tourist attractions in red zones or areas with a risk of COVID-19 transmission. Bandung tourism manager screamed.
West Java Kadisparbud Dedi Taufik said he had held a coordination meeting with the Head of the West Java Tourism Office, PHRI, PUTRI and GIPI West Java. As is known, currently Bandung Regency and West Bandung Regency (KBB) have the red zone predicate.
“According to the instructions of the Governor, the Regent / Mayor according to their authority to temporarily close the Tourism Objects in the Regency / City with the Red Zone status within the next 1 week,” said Dedi, Thursday (17/6/2021).
According to him, the most important thing in this emergency period is the safety of the community so that they are free from COVID-19. “The trend of increasing BOR since May 16, 2021 until now continues to increase,” said Dedi.
In addition to tourist attractions, places that have the potential to generate crowds such as hotels, restaurants, restaurants are asked to strictly implement health protocols, limit the number of visitors according to the level of vigilance and restrictions on operating hours.
Chairperson of the West Java Indonesian Recreation Park Association (PUTRI) DPD Heni Smith asked the government to make wiser decisions in closing tourist attractions in Greater Bandung. Heni asked the government to consider carefully before closing tourist attractions in order to control the spread of COVID-19.
“The government must look at many aspects, not just playing it closed like it has been doing,” Heni said in a statement, Wednesday (16/6).
Heni said that in the Greater Bandung area, there were more than 100 tourist attractions in which there were more than 20,000 people who depended on their lives to run these attractions, either directly or indirectly.
“In closing the Bandung Raya tourist attraction for a week, it is estimated that the loss suffered by the tourism object manager is around Rp. 60 billion. This is the potential lost due to the closure of the tourist attraction for a week,” said Heni.
Heni appealed to the government to consider providing compensation such as tax relaxation, credit to banks, and other aspects that could help mitigate the impact of the closure.
“Many of our members have suggested these things,” said Heni.
In line with that, West Java Asita Chairman Budijanto Ardiansjah said that his party understands that the steps taken by the government are to prevent the increase in transmission of the COVID-9 virus, but the government should do more measured things, not just closing tourist attractions that have been the reason for the spread of Corona.
“So far, tourism objects have also implemented several standards that meet health protocols such as healthy tours and are also certified worthy of a visit from related parties. This means that tourism does not just open and accept visitors,” said Budijanto.
West Java PHRI Chair Herman Mochtar said that the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) supports government policies related to handling COVID-19 and Regional Economic Recovery and conveys aspirations to immediately facilitate tourism actors to get vaccinations.
“The vaccination program for tourism actors will soon be carried out and distributed proportionally to tourism managers, associations, associations and other tourism actors,” said Herman.
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