A number of foreigners got into an argument last night with the local authorities in Bali, after the group allegedly refused to leave a restaurant in the Petitenget area after closing time, amid ongoing restrictions to curb coronavirus transmissions on the island.
A video of the quarrel has widely circulated on Instagram, showing a number of officers in what appears to be an attempt at explaining existing regulations to at least two foreign nationals, one of whom can be seen without a mask.
I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara, heads the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) in Badung regency, said, “There were foreign tourists who insisted that they were still dining. We said it was 9pm and the restaurant operations must be closed. So, there’s no way around it, if they want to continue to eat they have to wrap it up and take it away.”
Since Monday, January 11, 2021, the goverment of Indonesia began tightening restrictions throughout Java and Bali until at least Jan. 25 under new regulations set by the central government known as Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities, or PPKM for short.
In Bali, PPKM is enforced in Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, Klungkung and Tabanan, during which shopping centers, malls, and restaurants are required to close by 9pm.