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Health Minister Lays Out Guidelines for Safe and Healthy Tourism Development

Health Minister Lays Out Guidelines for Safe and Healthy Tourism Development (kemkes)

DENPASAR, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has held a National Coordination Meeting to discuss policy amplification, programs, and steps for the reactivation and restoration of tourism and creative economy that had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The coordination meeting is held in Bali on November 26-28, 2020.

On this occasion, Minister of Health Dr. Terawan Agus Putranto emphasized the tourism sector to continue to prioritize health protocols.

Minister of Health Terawan said that economic activities need to be carried out considering that people need to have the opportunity to do business. However, health protocols must be prioritized.

This refers to the Decree of the Minister of Health number HK.01.07/MENKES/382/2020 on Health Protocols for Communities in Public Facilities in the Context of Prevention and Control of COVID-19.

It consists of two main parts in the Ministerial Decree, including general principles of health protocols in the prevention and control of COVID-19, and health protocols in 12 places and public facilities which are also equipped with the efforts to handle Covid-19 cases.

"In the development of safe and healthy tourism, it is necessary to get attention and need to be empowered in implementing health protocols. At tourist sites, attention is needed whether it is natural tourism, non-natural tourism, culinary tourism, or cultural tourism, or a combination of several tours," Terawan said at the National Coordination Meeting of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.

Terawan said that the potential vulnerabilities that must be considered at tourist attractions include parking areas, ticket booths, entrances to objects of interest, places of worship, bathrooms or toilets, canteens or restaurants, and exits.

Apart from that, it should also be noted that the size of the activity venue, the number of guests, vulnerable groups, duration of activity, location of activities whether indoor or outdoor, characteristics of activities such as entertainment, singing, sermons, lectures, and other physical activities must be sorted out.

It should also be noted regarding the aspects of hotel accommodation, restaurant transportation, shopping places, souvenirs and the location of the tourist destination itself which is of course closely related to tourist attractions.

Health protocols that must be applied by tourism site managers are to carry out regular cleaning with disinfection, especially in areas of facilities and equipment that are shared, as well as other public facilities.

Minister of Health Terawan gave an example of one of the health protocols for workers at tourist sites, namely ensuring that they are in good health before leaving for work, while one of the health protocols that visitors must implement is to ensure that they are in good health before visiting tourist sites.

"To be able to apply it properly, basically you have to apply 3M, namely wearing a mask, keeping your distance, washing your hands and getting used to a clean and healthy lifestyle," added Minister of Health Terawan.

He concluded that in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism sector must adapt to new habits or new normal, such as modification of working methods, minimal touch or touchless implementation, improved sanitation according to health protocols, health checks and certification for tourism sector workers, food and beverage accommodation. for the safety and health of visitors, and what is important is the share of responsibility between business players and the government, in this case both local and central government.

Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio said the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on national tourism. Therefore, strategic steps were needed to accelerate its recovery.

"The national meeting is held to consolidate stakeholders of ministries/institutions as well as tourism and creative economy actors in accelerating or accelerating the recovery of the tourism sector and creative economy," Wishnutama said.

This National Coordination Meeting is expected to be a forum for coordination and synchronization of program strategies and activities of all stakeholders in order to produce policies that can accelerate reactivation and recovery of the parekraf sector.

There will be cooperation agreements with a number of ministries/agencies in an effort to accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector and the creative economy.

Also attending the event were the head of Bappenas, deputy finance minister and minister of transportation, minister of trade, minister of industry, deputy minister of tourism and creative economy, deputy governor of Bali, a number of regional heads, as well as industry and association representatives.