12 people nabbed in Bali café raid as it remained open during Emergency PPKM

The café remained open despite tightened restrictions. 
Photo: Buleleng Police
The café remained open despite tightened restrictions. Photo: Buleleng Police

Three waitresses and nine customers at a café in Buleleng regency were apprehended last night during a police raid, as the restaurant remained open despite tightened restrictions.

Police say the café, located on Jalan Pidada, appeared to have its lights off and closed from the outside, but was actually operating as normal when officers went in, and thus in violation of the ongoing Emergency Enforcement of Restriction on Public Activities (Emergency PPKM), which prohibits dine-in at restaurants until at least July 20.

The 12 people were then taken to the police station for statements.  

The Bali Police has reportedly set up 30 checkpoints across the province to support the ongoing Emergency PPKM. Officials say mobility in Bali remains high despite the restrictions that began last week, claiming that it is much higher than what they were aiming for.

Posts on social media, meanwhile, are showing a relatively compliant public, whereby normally busy streets appear quite deserted. One video uploaded last night, for example, showed a quiet and empty Jalan Gajah Mada. 

 

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Correction: A previous version of article incorrectly stated that mobility in Bali has decreased on paragraph four. The article has been edited to fix the error.

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