Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno has confirmed that she has not yet received a directive on the closure of tourist attractions amid the surge in cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant .
Nevertheless, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy continues to encourage tourism industry officials to strengthen the implementation of health protocols, he noted.
“Similarly, the use of the PeduliLindungi app should be improved,” Uno remarked during a weekly press briefing here on Monday.
The Minister stressed that his team had ensured that compliance with health protocols was improved and that vaccination coverage was expanded, such as screening and tracing according to the number of cases and situations.
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has also called on various parties collaborating with the ministry to increase booster vaccinations for those in the tourism industry and creative economy.
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Uno cited the example of the COVID-19 task force in central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, which provided booster shots to hotel workers and tourists in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone.
“The booster vaccination (in central Lombok) is part of the preparations ahead of the 2022 MotoGP in Mandalika,” Uno remarked.
Additionally, the Riau Islands administration continues to offer booster shots to tourism industry players to increase the confidence of tourists visiting Batam.
Earlier, a group of epidemiologists said Indonesia will experience a significant increase or spike in COVID-19 cases from February to early March 2022.
“We have to be careful and vigilant, but there is no need to panic,” Uno remarked.
The ministry also said that activities in the tourism and creative economy sectors would be adjusted in accordance with the Public Activities Restriction Rules (PPKM).
Currently, the ministry is waiting for the latest regulations on PPKM levels, as it took 14 days to complete the new assessment for data adjustment due to additional data inputs from the vaccination of the elderly and children.
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