Foreigners defy authorities in Bali, refuse to leave restaurant despite curfew

Screengrab of a short clip showing the quarrel, which has widely circulated on Instagram.
Screengrab of a short clip showing the quarrel, which has widely circulated on Instagram.

Local authorities and a number of foreigners got into an argument last night as the latter 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 in the video below:

 

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I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara, who heads the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) in Badung regency, said the foreigners insisted that they were not done with their meals. 

“There were foreign tourists who insisted that they were still [dining]. We said it was 9pm and [restaurant] operations must be closed. There’s no way around it, if they want to continue to eat they have to wrap it up and take it away,” Suryanegara said, adding that the argument lasted for about half an hour.

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. 

Suryanegara said 15 businesses in Badung were given warnings for disobeying the curfew since PPKM went into effect yesterday. In addition, 28 people were caught without masks, 20 of whom were identified as foreign nationals. 

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