Tourist visits to the Alas Kedaton tourist attraction are indeed quiet, but the Implementation of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) on the first day continued. The officers on duty at that time still checked the place where to wash hands, prepared hand sanitizers and thermo gun, a device for measuring body temperature. “We are implementing PPKM in accordance with government recommendations. Especially for the restriction of visitors which is only 25 percent of the facility, we don’t need to do it because there are no visitors,” said the Secretary of the Kukuh customary village, Ajik Bintang, on Monday (Jan. 11).
The implementation of PPKM at the Alas Kedaton is nothing special because the implementation of the Health Protocol has usually run every day. A place for washing hands is prepared starting from the entrance to the object, in the object area to in front of the game rides. The officers also prepared hand sanitizer and a thermo gun to measure the body temperature of each visitor, including officers and traders who enter the object area. “We always urge visitors to wash hands and use hand sanitizers. Most of them are aware, so they immediately wash their hands,” he said.
Ajik Bintang further added that after the Christmas and New Year holidays, the number of tourist visits did not increase significantly. Daily average reaches 4-6 small groups (families) from several cities in Java. The climax occurred on a New Year’s holiday with decent amount of visitors, but was dominated by visitors of Balinese families (residents). However, three days after the New Year, the visits returned quiet, in an average of two vehicles carrying 2-3 people. “Just have a look at today, until 12:00 there has been no visit. Maybe it happens due to the starting of PPKM so that people are reluctant to go out,” he said.
When the Alas Kedaton was reopened last November as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, visitors were not charged an entrance ticket, but were replaced with donations. Visitors are not required to buy tickets, but in the form of voluntary donations. Previously, the people who served at the Alas Kedaton area were two customary hamlet chiefs and two pecalang (customary guard) officers, apart from cleaning service staff. But now, after the New Year and the visits began to be quiet with only a customary hamlet chief and pecalang officer on duty per day. “They work with the ngayah or devotional work system,” said this calm man. (BTN/015)