Jakarta – West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has urged Jakarta residents to refrain from visiting Puncak, a tourist area in Ciawi in Bogor regency, West Java, following reports that the area was packed with tourists over the weekend.
Local officials previously reported that the road in Puncak was full of vehicles coming from Jakarta on Saturday and Sunday.
Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said the vehicles came through small streets in the area as the regency was limiting travel via major roads due to the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), kompas.com reported.
"I urge Jakartans to refrain from going to Puncak, because we found many cars with Jakarta license plates swarming the area. We are making sure that the area will be gradually opened for locals first, not residents outside West Java," Ridwan said on Tuesday.
He added the administration would ask for the West Java Police's help in limiting the number of visitors and tourists to Puncak.
Ridwan said the West Java administration would also increase monitoring at train stations following an increase in commuter activity in Bogor, Depok and Bekasi. Jakarta and its satellite cities have eased travel restrictions, allowing people living in the metropolitan area to move from city to city more freely.
The West Java administration planned to conduct random testing at markets, tourist spots and train stations that connect Bogor, Depok and Bekasi with the capital city.
Ridwan said his administration was enforcing preventive measures to keep the number of COVID-19 cases low.
West Java claimed the virus reproduction rate had been lower than 1 for the last six weeks, which if true means the outbreak in West Java would peter out. (dpk)