One that is severely affected by coronavirus or also known as Covid-19 (Coronovirus Disease 2019) is the tourism sector. In Batam itself, the world of tourism can be said to be immediately stopped completely. All activities related to tourism directly sluggish. There is no flow of tourists entering or leaving. Be it big or small business, all feel the same impact.
An example is the Batam – Singapore or Batam – Malaysia ferry. Before there was a corona virus, every hour there must be a scheduled departure at every international terminal in Batam. But now, the scheduled departure has only been cut once per day.
As a result there are no tourists from abroad who come to Batam. Likewise tourists from Batam who want to go traveling abroad.
Many travel businesses close their businesses. Some of them are temporarily closed, but some are closed because they cannot continue their business. Enjoy Batam itself has temporarily closed its travel office and followed the government’s recommendation to remain at home when there is no urgent need.
Many hotels have laid off employees. Some of them have closed the total operation of the hotel because there were no guests. Tourist destinations are no longer visited by tourists, such as Abang Island, Ranoh Island and Kepri Coral. Their employees were laid off.
Shopping centre and malls that are full of visitors every day, are now also sluggish. Many tenants are closed and operational hours are also reduced.
This of course is one attempt to break the chain of the spread of the corona virus, so that the virus does not infect more people and hopes that this outbreak will soon end and return to normal.
If the pandemic stopped, more excited?
Certainly, now most people have longed for a tour or just a walk. When later the corona virus outbreak is over and declared safe by the government, the world of tourism will return to passion, maybe even explode because suddenly everyone wants to travel.
Kemenparekraf (Indonesia Tourism Board) itself predicts the world of tourism in Indonesia will soar once the corona pandemic is over. They expect businesses in the tourism sector to keep their spirits up and continue to promote tourism in their respective regions. Post-epidemic promotion strategies need to be prepared to deal with the surge in tourists after the pandemic.
Well, for the time being, let’s just stay at home, following the advice and instructions from the government to decide on the spread of the corona virus. Recognize the symptoms, causes and ways to deal with the corona virus. Avoid stress, one of them by sorting out information received. Avoid hoax news or fake news that can later affect our health condition.
When looking for information related to corona virus or other health news, be sure to look for information on a valid, credible and trusted media. One application that presents information and health services all in one is Halodoc.
Halodoc is one of the startup applications in Indonesia which is engaged in health. Its services include online chat directly with doctors, making appointments with doctors, hospital directories, buying drugs, including presenting information about the world of health with articles that are trusted and rigorously processed by the Halodoc team.
Finally, do not forget to always do a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. The following are some tips that we can do:
Wash your hands frequently. Hand washing does not have to be with a hand sanitizer, even more advisable to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds until clean
Avoid touching parts of the face, such as the nose and mouth, before washing your hands thoroughly
Avoid direct or close contact with sick people or touching wild animals or birds.
Clean and sterilize the surface of objects that are often used.
Cover nose and mouth when sneezing. Can use tissue, hands or arm folds. Then, throw the tissue and wash your hands thoroughly.
Don’t leave the house sick.
Wear a mask and seek treatment at a health facility immediately when you experience symptoms of airway disease.