No parties, no fireworks for Christmas and New Year in Bali

New Year parties and fireworks will not be allowed in Bali, local authorities said today, even as the Indonesian government ditched plans to observe tighter restrictions for the upcoming holiday season.

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“Parties are prohibited, [fireworks] are not allowed. It’s clear that when there are parties the euphoria will be too intense,” I Dewa Nyoman Rai Darmadi, who is part of Bali’s COVID-19 Task Force, said.

“This is what we will not allow. There should be no fireworks party or any specialized party. No one is allowed to invite famous artists [to perform].”

Dewa also said that nightlife establishments across Bali must obey the 1am curfew during Christmas and New Year, and that they are all expected to limit the number of visitors by utilizing the integrated PeduliLindungi app. 

Each nightlife establishment is required to create its own internal COVID-19 Task Force to ensure that health protocols are strictly implemented. Violators may be sanctioned. 

Businesses in Bali may be fined IDR1 million or ordered to close – either temporarily or permanently – should they violate COVID-19 health protocols. 

Dewa, who also heads the province’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), said that about 1,000 officers will be deployed for checks, and they will be joined by officers from the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the police for extra security and supervision.

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