A Twitter user with the username @magetanbanget uploaded a 15-second video showing the condition of the entrance to Mount Lawu (16/7).
In the video, you can see a very dense queue of climbers who want to enter to climb Mount Lawu.
Dense and crowded climbers who want to climb, do not see a safe distance or physical distancing between climbers
They jostled to do SIMAKSI so that they could climb.
In the caption written, it is explained that the long queue list for climbing Mount Lawu has occurred since the morning of August 16, 2020
The video uploaded by @magetanbanget was also widely discussed by other social media users and received more than 5 thousand retweets.
The booming climber incident was confirmed by the Chairman of the Giri Lawu Association (PGL) Miko Wicaksono.
“It is true that the video was taken at the entrance to Cemoro Sewu this morning. The video is from a friend’s upload at the basecamp,” he said, Sunday (16/8/2020).
Miko reported that until now the condition in the area was still busy with visitors.
Meanwhile, the registration hour which was opened since 08.00 this morning was closed at 17.00 WIB.
“We are still at the Cemoro Sewu basecamp, the conditions are full of visitors, joint volunteers are on standby to be on guard if there is something urgent,” he added.
Asked about the crowd of climbers who did not keep their distance, Miko gave an explanation.
Miko admitted that his party was overwhelmed with managing the booming climbers.
Whereas previously PGL had given advice and socialized health protocols through social media.
“Health protocol rules, requirements for increases and so on, from Perhutani and we have been socialized”
“We have also prepared a washing area at the entrance to Cemoro Sewu, but when the climbers arrive we are overwhelmed to arrange.”
“We can only appeal through loudspeakers, we have tried to put things in order,” said Miko.
Miko also informed that the quota of 800 climbers today is full.
Finally, he asked the climbers to apply and obey the existing health protocols while climbing Mount Lawu.
“For climbers, the appeal is to stick to health protocols.”
“Stay safe, keep clean, obey what has become the rules of each basecamp,” he said.