In a bid to scale down COVID-19 transmission in Bali, the government of Bali enforces tighter restrictions.
But now, some non-essential sectors in Bali were pushback the restrictions, as authorities that require them to close
On Saturday, the provincial government issued a circular reaffirming that businesses in the non-essential sector “must close and implement work from home policy 100 percent” and that wedding reception are prohibited during the Emergency Enforcement of Restrictions on Public Activities (Emergency PPKM), which is expected to last until July 20.
Regional secretary of the Bali administration, Dewa Made Indra, said authorities will act firmly for non-essential sectors who remain open or are in violation of the circular, in the form of closure by the task force comprising police, the military, the High Court, and the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP).
Feey, a 25-year-old owner of a motorcycle helmet shop in Denpasar, expressed concerns over the regulation, claiming that business owners did not receive adequate information on the matter.
“If the government wants to completely close businesses it deems non-essential, then there must be aid from the government to fulfill our daily needs,” he told Tribun Bali yesterday.
“We get income from our daily work like this, if we’re not working then we don’t get any money. We get a small income, just barely enough, and we must pay rent. When we close, it’s deadly.”
Many small business owners in Denpasar aren’t even sure what falls under the essential or non-essential category, some reports have shown, illustrating a significant gap between government policy and the very people those rules are directly affecting.
Across Bali, authorities yesterday went around town to raise awareness about the updated work from home policy.
In Buleleng regency, at least one business expressed unwillingness to comply with the rule, according to a police statement. Authorities said that they will be less lenient from today onward.