September 10, 2021, 06.12 PM
An illustration of Karimunjawa in Jepara, Central Java. An illustration of Karimunjawa in Jepara, Central Java.


JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Some popular tourist attractions in Indonesia are getting ready to reopen as the government has begun easing the Covid-19 restrictions after the number of new confirmed cases continues to decline.

The government’s decision to start gradually reopen the economy was based on continuous improvement in Covid-19 indicators. As of September 9, the total number of active cases reached 127,829 compared to 367,733 active cases on July 9.

Two months ago, Indonesia reported a high record of coronavirus infections, which was likely fueled by the spread of the more virulent Delta variant.

However, some adjustments have been made when the government recently announced that the Covid-19 restrictions on public activities, known by its Indonesian acronym PPKM, have been extended until September 13 in Java and Bali.

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This affected the rules for places of worship, restaurants, and malls or shopping centers. Besides, the trial runs for the reopening of 20 tourist attractions can be implemented in alert level 3 areas under strict health protocols. The government also requires the use of the Covid-19 contact tracing app PeduliLindungi.

Tourist destinations in alert level 2 areas will also be required to use the contact tracing app. The detail of the policy will be under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

“Restaurants within the shopping malls can now serve dine-in customers with a duration of 60 minutes [per customer] but limit their capacity to 50 percent,” said Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who is also the coordinator of Covid-19 restrictions on public activities in Java-Bali, Monday, September 6.

Previously, shopping centers could only operate at 25 percent capacity, while restaurants could only offer takeaway or delivery services.

Reopening tourist destinations

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