Semarang – The Central Java administration plans to screen holidaygoers using antigen tests at some famous tourist destinations, such as Borobudur Temple, during the Christmas and New Year holidays to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Dubbed Operation Yustisi, the operation will set up screening posts at 11 locations across the province, six of which are holiday spots.
"The Central Java Public Order Agency [Satpol PP] will enlist 50 officials who will be working [at the 11 locations] from Dec. 24 to 31," Central Java Satpol PP head Budiyanto Eko Purwono told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
"They will join forces with local Satpol PP and health agency officials as well as the police and the military [for Operation Yustisi]."
People flocking to Borobudur Temple in Magelang from Dec. 23 to 31 and Prambanan Temple in Klaten from Dec. 26 to 31 will be screened. Other tourist destinations include Dieng Highlands in Wonosobo, Baturaden in Banyumas, Semilir eco park in Semarang and Tawangmangu in Karanganyar – all starting from Dec. 24 to 27.
COVID-19 screening will also be conducted at five rest areas along toll roads in the province, including one rest area in Tegal from Dec. 27 to 31 and one in Batang from Dec. 24 to 26. In Semarang regency, screening posts will be set up in three rest areas.
Budiyanto said anyone who tested positive using the antigen tests would immediately be sent to a quarantine facility in the nearest regency or city.
Previously, the national COVID-19 task force issued a circular that regulates travel for the year-end holiday season from Dec. 19, 2020 to Jan. 8, 2021. One of the requirements for travelers in the circular letter is that travelers using air transportation or land transportation from, to or within Java island must present a negative rapid antigen test result, valid for three days prior to departure.
The National Police Traffic Corps started Operation Lilin 2020 on Monday until Jan. 4, 2021, to provide security and conduct random antigen tests for travelers in around 70 rest areas along intercity roads across the country.
The police will also deploy 123,000 personnel for the operation to disperse crowds. (her/ami)