The Indonesian Tourism Minister has banned people from taking selfies without face masks in all tourism areas, including Bali.
The Tourism and Creative Economic Minister, Sandiaga Uno stated that despite implementing a strict prevention protocol in the tourism areas during this reopening trial of the tourist attractions for domestic visitors, Covid-19 transmission might still occur when people get too excited during their vacation, causing them to neglect the importance of mask-wearing in the public areas.
“One of our weak points on the implementation of prevention protocols at the tourism areas is when people take selfies, they tend to take off their facemask, although it’s forbidden to do so.” Sandiaga said during his Weekly Press Briefing on Monday (20/9).
Other than that, he also expressed his concerns with the implementation of the QR code scanning at the tourism areas, which has the potential to cause large crowds when inevitable errors occur. He also explained that the government has given some leniency on their policy such as allowing children below the age of 12 years old to gain access into the tourism areas with supervision from their parents. “As long as the parents have completed the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, which can be seen in their PeduliLindungi tracing apps, we let the management of each tourist attraction including shopping malls decide whether to allow them to get in or not.” Sandiaga added.
However, he explained that the influx of domestic tourists began to surge since the government relaxed some rules and implemented some leniency for businesses to reopen under strict protocols. He encourages people to stay alert and keep complying with the government’s instructions. He also urges travelers to avoid visiting tourist areas with large groups, and start exploring tourism villages to reduce the risk of creating a cluster of Covid-19.