Jakarta Opens Tourist Sites during Eid Holidays, Urged to Anticipate Crowds

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  • Visitors walk at Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta, Saturday, March 13, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    Visitors walk at Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta, Saturday, March 13, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe chairman of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD)'s Commission B, Abdul Aziz, asked the city administration led by Anies Baswedan to anticipate potential crowds at tourist destinations. During Eid al-Fitr holidays, the city government decided to open tourist sites but reduced the number of their visitors to 30 percent from 50 percent.

    “Since it has been decided to still be opened, we urge the government to anticipate crowds,” said Abdul to Tempo on Monday, May 10, 2021.

    According to him, tourist destinations would still be opened during Eid holidays, especially those with open spaces, including Ragunan Zoo, Ancol dreamland park, and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) recreational park.

    Abdul also said people did not need to worry about COVID-19 transmission at tourist spots with wide-open spaces so long as the health protocols were implemented properly. “Because the problem is not about the opening or closing of the place, but whether or not it can prevent crowds,” he said. “By reducing the number of capacity, I think [tourist sites] can be opened.”

    However, Abdul asserted that the monitoring of the health protocols must be carried out closely. “Visitors must also comply with the protocols.”

    During Eid al-Fitr holidays, people willing to visit tourist destinations in Jakarta must book and purchase tickets online. The Jakarta Tourism Agency also requires tourist site managements to deploy more officers of their internal COVID-19 task force and coordinate with related institutions.

    Read: Jakarta Police Suggest Closing Tourist Attractions during Eid Holidays

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