Bali beach clubs have become scapegoats as Indonesian official highlights health protocol violations
A senior Indonesian official made special mention to beach clubs and bars in Bali when he spoke of health protocol violations, warning of dire consequences even as COVID-19 cases on the island are thankfully remained low in recent weeks.
Yesterday, during a virtual press conference, the coordinating minister of maritime affairs and investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said that an official team deployed to observe compliance with the pandemic restrictions had found a number of violations on the pitch, especially in restaurants and beach clubs located in Bali.
“Beach clubs and bars operate without capacity limitation, there is no physical distancing and no imposition on the part of management to implement health protocols during its opening hours. There is no obligation [for guests] to scan the PeduliLindungi QR code, so that the numbers do not represent actual conditions, ”said Luhut.
Last month, Luhut also pointed out that bars and clubs in Bali are avoiding sanctions by banning customers from posting on social media, despite violating health protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While violations do occur at Bali beach clubs and bars, Luhut giving them a special mention obscures the fact that they occur with regularity just about everywhere else, such as at wedding receptions, offices, and more. retail businesses. To be fair to Luhut, however, he also pointed out that some restaurants and cafes in Bandung, West Java, recently broke protocol, but the minister gave no details.
The COVID-19 situation in Bali has gradually improved since the sharp mid-year increase caused by the Delta variant, with authorities reporting 8 new cases and one death yesterday.
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