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There is no PPKM Level 3 on the Nataru Holiday, the Government Allows Residents to Travel.

Jakarta - Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Sandiaga Uno stated that the government would replace the term PPKM Level 3 with special regulations for activities related to Christmas and New Year (Nataru) holidays. One of the impacts of the policy is that residents are allowed to travel during the Nataru holiday period. "So, there is no Level 3, this is important because it will damage the Level 1 and 2 arrangements that have been carried out. So there will be a special Nataru rule," said Sandiaga in Weekly. Press Briefing, Monday (12/6/2021). "For travel during the Christmas 2021 and New Year 2022 periods, it can be done if you have been fully vaccinated and follow testing and tracing. Those who have not been vaccinated are not allowed to travel," he added.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy also issued a circular regarding business activities and tourism destinations during Christmas 2021 and New Year 2022, in accordance with the President's direction and the current situation regarding Omicron. The circular letter is a guide from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. During the Nataru holiday period, the government said there would be no barriers, but only restrictions.

One of them prohibits holding large celebrations involving more than 50 people during the Nataru holiday. The capacity of malls and restaurants is also limited by 75 percent.

Meanwhile, sports and arts activities may be carried out without direct spectators. Meanwhile, musical activities can be held with reference to the rules issued. All actors in the creative and creative sector are also required to be disciplined in enforcing health protocols and CHSE and using the PeduliLindung application that is properly integrated.

"Regarding movement, according to the cycle that occurs in every major holiday, there is an increase in mobility. We have seen in the last two weeks, for some areas it has been above the baseline threshold. We will see that there should not be an accumulation of tourists at destinations," said Sandiaga, while citing Bali as an example.

The number of tourist visits to Bali was recorded at 13,000 people per day in the last two weeks. Occupancy also increased to 35 percent and is expected to touch 60-70 percent in the next few weeks.

"That's good news, but we emphasize that the (hospitality) industry strictly implements CHSE and health protocols," he said. In connection with this policy, Sandiaga stated that children under 12 years old could still travel during Nataru holidays as long as they ran a PCR test with negative results. . They must also be accompanied by parents who have been fully vaccinated.

"For minors, the obligation is the PCR test," he said.

He also revealed that vaccination for children aged 6-11 years would be the main program at the beginning of next year. Likewise with booster vaccinations for certain groups. This step was taken to anticipate the mutation of the corona variant which would happen again from time to time.

Regarding Omicron, Sandiaga stated that based on input from epidemiologist Dicky Budiman as the special advisor to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy for Covid-19, the effect was still milder than the delta variant. However, the rate of spread is faster than the delta variant, so vaccination must be accelerated.

"70 percent of the target group, and 50 percent in the elderly, must be achieved immediately. For a complete dose, a minimum of 40 percent," he added. using the bubble system, which is also monitored as a testing ground.

So far, no cases of Omicron have been detected in Indonesia. The government also does not plan to narrow the list of market countries that are allowed to enter Bali with direct flights from abroad. Even so, the government is trying to anticipate it by extending the quarantine period from three days to 10 days.

"This 10-day quarantine is a form of border tightening, in order to support tourism and shopping in the country as well, because it has been observed that many domestic tourism actors are planning to go abroad for Christmas and New Year holidays. If they return, there is a risk of Omicron spreading," Meanwhile, the Government has decided not to apply restrictions on community activities (PPKM) level 3 or PPKM Level 3 in all regions of Indonesia during the Christmas and New Year (Nataru) period. This is because the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia has shown significant and controlled improvements.

In response to this policy, the Composite Stock Price Index (JCI) remained in the green zone until the close of trading Tuesday, December 7, 2021. JCI closed up 0.85 percent to 6,602.56.

The decrease in investor concerns about Omicron, the cancellation of PPKM level 3 by the government, and the release of data on foreign exchange reserves that are quite good," said PT MNC Sekuritas analyst Herditya Wicaksono, quoted Wednesday (12/8/2021).

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