(Operators) must ensure that families and children continue to observe health protocols according to the prevailing government regulations
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chairperson of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) Susanto has urged relevant authorities and travelers to ensure that the Eid al-Fitr exodus trip will be safe for children.

"Eid al-Fitr exodus is a tradition of Indonesians, and this year, the government has allowed residents to resume their homecoming activities after two years of mobility restrictions. Despite this, travelers must ensure that their homecoming trip will be safe for children," Susanto emphasized here on Saturday.

The central and regional governments, relevant authorities, and operators of public transportation services should provide reliable services to ensure the trip will remain comfortable for children and families with children, he stated.

Operators of airports, train stations, bus terminals, seaports, and rest areas at toll roads should also maintain security conditions to prevent child travelers from being exposed to dangers during their trip to hometowns, the KPAI chairperson noted.

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"(Operators) must ensure that families and children continue to observe health protocols according to the prevailing government regulations," Susanto stated.

Travelers aboard private vehicles should ensure their vehicle's roadworthiness, he emphasized while advising parents to not travel on motorcycles with their children.

"Please ensure that basic needs, such as food and beverages, as well as medicines and vitamins, are sufficient for the travel. Parents can also bring toys that their children like to comfort them along the journey," the chairperson stated.

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Susanto also urged parents to prevent crowds in public spaces that are potentially harmful to children and ensure that they remain under their supervision to prevent accidental separation.

"Travelers must take rest if required at assigned places. Do not travel while you are fatigued to prevent travel accidents. Parents must also pay attention to their child's health (during the travel)," he remarked.

Parents must then ensure that their children continue to observe health protocols while interacting with families and relatives upon arriving at their hometown, he added.

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