THE MINISTRY of Tourism and Creative Economy denied the issue of a ban on holding events until December 2022 following the many incidents, especially music concerts in recent times.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno in a weekly press briefing which was held in a hybrid manner from the Sapta Pesona Building, Thursday (11/10) afternoon, saying that holding events is still allowed but must pay attention to the implementation of health and security protocols so that they can provide a sense of security and comfort. comfortable for both the organizers, creative economy players (musicians) as well as the community.

“Regarding the issue that the event should not be held until December is absolutely not true. This issue is very counterproductive to the music concert business in the country,” said Sandiaga Uno.

President Jokowi said Sandiaga had allowed the holding of events including music concerts as well as cultural events provided that health and safety protocols were met.

“We have compiled a CHSE guidebook as a guide. So that the event can still be held but with a strict protocol, so that concert events and cultural events that will be held in the next few months, including the G20, GTF, can all be done,” said Sandiaga.

Event organizers must be able to manage activities professionally. One of them is by paying attention to the carrying capacity aspect of an activity so that it can provide a sense of security and comfort for tourists. This significant increase in audience visits must be well anticipated by the event organizers. The first is about carrying capacity.

Event organizers must also have an early warning system to be able to provide information on how many people are in one activity or event location so as to reduce the potential for crowds and the availability of evacuation routes and health services.

“The Tourism Ministry through the Deputy for Tourism and Event Products will continue to facilitate event organizers. We will make sure to facilitate, please present the event plan. We will collaborate with the National Police, the COVID-19 Task Force, and the Ministry of Health, and a letter of recommendation from the Tourism Ministry will be issued. But for the crowd permit, of course, the Police will issue it,” said Sandiaga.

Meanwhile, the Deputy for Tourism Products and Event Organizers, Rizki Handayani, said that as a quick step in carrying out the instructions of the tourism minister, the line ministries had held an Evaluation Meeting on the Licensing Mechanism for Organizing Activities on Wednesday (11/9).

“On this occasion, the Ministry of Tourism invited all stakeholders to evaluate a number of events that occurred in the event industry. The Evaluation Meeting for the Licensing Mechanism for Organizing Activities was held to evaluate and discuss further with various parties and stakeholders regarding the steps that can be taken, so that in the future such disasters do not happen again,” said Rizki Handayani.

Rizki explained, in yesterday’s meeting, the positive nuances and the spirit of togetherness were very much reflected in order for the event to continue. The Police are very supportive and all stakeholders will meet again soon to set some criteria in order to improve the quality of the event.

“So, we hope that the promoters of this event will really comply. Then we also urge the audience to also have a responsibility, have an obligation to maintain their own safety and the security of the entire event,” said Rizki.

The Tourism Ministry continues to encourage the recovery of the tourism sector and the creative economy. This is in accordance with the strategic steps of Tourism Ministry, referring to the direction of President Joko Widodo to stimulate the event industry which is the locomotive of national economic recovery.

Referring to the IVENDO survey, the event industry is very promising, amounting to IDR423 billion after the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this figure is lower than the business potential before the pandemic, which was IDR164 trillion per year, this is a sign that the event industry in Indonesia is starting to revive.

“As an effort to accelerate and recover tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Tourism has a Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) manual as a guide for all event organizers,” said Rizky Handayani.

In CHSE, the event organizers must always pay attention to and comply with the provisions for organizing activities. These include complying with carrying capacity limits, providing an early warning system, providing evacuation routes, and preparing the availability of CPR.

In addition, event organizers must pay attention to crowd management, risk management, and disciplined implementation of the CHSE protocol. CHSE will be promoted again and socialized to all stakeholders and mixed again based on inputs from the coordination meeting.

“Event security is the responsibility of many parties, by collaborating together to maintain order and implementing regulations in accordance with what has been mutually agreed upon, it is hoped that in the future the event industry can continue to run well, fun and safe,” she concluded. []