The Jakarta Post
A beach in Pangandaran, West Java. (Shutterstock/Akhmad Dody Firmansyah)
Starting on Wednesday, residents of West Java will reportedly be allowed to visit tourist destinations in Pangandaran regency without having to show their rapid test results for COVID-19.
The requirement will still be applicable to tourists from outside West Java.
"Tourists from West Java are free [to enter without] rapid tests," Pangandaran Regent Jeje Wiradinata said in a statement as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
However, the administration will tighten health protocols for tourism-related businesses, including requiring attendants to undergo a rapid molecular diagnostic (TCM) test, which can produce results in two hours.
A month ago, rapid tests were a requirement for all tourists going to Pangandaran. At the time, the regency reportedly welcomed some 10,000 visitors and declined entrance to roughly the same number of people.
The administration has also allowed public transportation to operate and private events or ceremonies to take place.
The regency currently has 11 COVID-19 patients, seven of whom have recovered.
The administration has so far conducted 2,300 swab tests and 3,000 rapid tests on residents. (kes)
Meanwhile, large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented by the West Java administration in Bogor, Depok and Bekasi (Bodebek) are scheduled to end on Thursday. (kes)
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