THE Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta temporarily closed their bar after the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency recommended sealing and fines the hotel for violating Phase 1 Transition Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB).

According to Debby Setiawaty, Director of Communications at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, in her official press release said that on August 13, 2020, our restaurant, B.A.T.S, officially received several inputs to improve the handling of COVID-19 recommended by the Tourism and Economy Office Jakarta.

“Hotel Shangri-La Jakarta decided to temporarily close B.A.T.S, but hotel operations will continue to run normally according to regulations set by the government. The safety and well-being of our guests and colleagues is of utmost importance to us,” she said.

She added that the hotel has implemented various hygiene and safety protocols in all areas of the hotel, restaurant and guest facilities since January 2020. The health and safety protocols are adhered to in accordance with the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health agencies.

“We are also proud to be the first international hotel in Jakarta to receive the International SafeGuard Hygiene Excellence and Safety label by Bureau Veritas, which has trusted 192 years of experience in providing testing, checking and certification services,” Debby noted.

The DKI Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency recommended sealing and fines the Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, Thursday (13/8) for violating Governor Regulation 51/2020 concerning the Implementation of the Transitional PSBB Towards a Healthy, Advanced and Productive Society.

The hotel, said the Head of the Tourism Industry Division of the Jakarta Tourism & Creative Economy Service, Bambang Ismadi, violated the Phase I Transition Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB).

The sealing recommendation and fines issued by the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency to the Jakarta Satpol PP on Wednesday (12/8) morning because the hotel was caught holding live music and displaying alcoholic drinks. Entertainment places have not been permitted by the government to operate because closed tourism places are considered prone to transmission of the corona virus (COVID-19).

Bambang said that based on findings in the field, the management has not put up a physical distancing sign at the restaurant it manages. Managers must limit the number of guests who eat at the restaurant to a maximum of 50%.

“If one dining table has four chairs, only two chairs are used. Meanwhile, two more chairs were left empty as space to maintain interpersonal distance. So for management it has not been maximally regulating visitor distance,” he said.

However, other COVID-19 prevention protocols at the restaurant have followed the COVID-19 prevention protocol. Among them are checking the body temperature of visitors, wearing masks, face shields, hand sanitizers and barcode systems to collect data on incoming visitors.

Bambang explained that entertainment venues in Jakarta such as karaoke, discotheques, spas and the like are not allowed to operate during this Phase I Transitional PSBB. If it violates, the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government will impose a penalty in accordance with DKI Jakarta Governor Regulation Number 51 concerning Implementation of PSBB during the Transition Period Towards a Healthy, Safe and Productive Society. The threat is a fine of IDR25 million for companies/places of business that violate the provisions of the regulation. [antaranews]