Bali government ‘prohibits’ New Year celebrations, fireworks with new circular

Photo: Pixabay
Photo: Pixabay

The Bali provincial government today announced that celebrations, fireworks, as well as getting drunk for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday will be prohibited in Bali, as officials expect a domestic tourism boost in the coming weeks.

In a new circular issued to anticipate the upcoming year-end holiday, officials say that any activity throughout Christmas and the New Year must adhere to health protocols, comprising compulsory mask use, social distancing and limits on public and crowded places, among others.

Some notable parts of the circular says that everyone, be it individuals, businesses, or organizers, are “strictly prohibited” from the following: 

1) Organizing New Year celebrations and the likes –– both indoors and outdoors 

2) Lighting fireworks, firecrackers, and the likes; and

3) getting drunk on liquor and alcoholic drinks. 

Those who are caught violating these new rules will be subject to a number of sanctions previously laid out on an earlier circular, such as a fine of IDR100,000 (US$7) for individuals without masks and a fine of IDR1 million (US$71) for businesses failing to provide health protocol facilities. 

The new circular, which also includes new requirements for travelers, will come into effect this Friday and last until Jan. 4, 2021.

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