Bali enforces Rp100,000 fine for not wearing face masks outdoors

Bali enforces Rp100,000 fine for not wearing face masks outdoors

Bali Governor Wayan Koster (second left). (Antaranews Bali/Ni Luh Rhisma/2020)

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - The Bali governor issued Regulation No. 46 of 2020 that enforces a fine of Rp100 thousand on those not wearing a face mask in public.

"This regulation is to follow up on Presidential Instruction (Inpres No. 6 of 2020) that aims to make people more orderly and disciplined in implementing health protocols as an effort to prevent the transmission of COVID-19," Bali Governor Wayan Koster stated while announcing the new regulation (Pergub Bali No. 46/2020) on Discipline and Law Enforcement of Health Protocols under the efforts to prevent and control COVID-19 in the new normal era here on Wednesday.

The regulation mandates people to wear a mask, always maintain physical distance, and wash hands with soap and under running water.

It stipulates that individuals and business actors, managers, organizers, or persons in charge of public places and facilities are mandated to implement health protocols and ensure requisite compliance.

In the meantime, business actors, managers, organizers, or people in charge of public places and facilities will be fined Rp1,000,000 for not providing means to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In addition to the fine, individuals, business actors, managers, organizers, or persons in charge of public places and facilities can be subject to other sanctions in accordance with 'Awig-awig' or 'Pararem' Traditional Village' or the provisions of Legislation," Koster stated.

The governor has instructed to disseminate information on the new regulation, and after two weeks, the local authorities will deploy law enforcement officers, including from the police and military, to help enforce implementation of the rule.

The governor's regulation also calls for maintaining discipline and enforcing health protocol laws in 15 activity sectors: public services, transportation, customs and religion, arts and culture, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, trade, bank and non-bank financial institutions, and education institutions, among other things. Related news: Health protocols take centerstage in preparation to welcome tourists
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