Military guards on the streets of Bali are fining those who refuse to wear face masks during COVID-19
Bali as you’ve never seen it: military checkpoints, army on the streets and threatening police officers fine those who refuse to wear masks
- Bali residents caught without a face mask will be fined 100,000 rupiah under new COVID-19 rules
- Footage has surfaced of soldiers patrolling the streets of Denpasar, Bali and fining them violating
- Bali recently said it would not welcome international tourists until the end of the year instead of September
- Indonesia has recorded 197,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 8,000 deaths since the outbreak
Once bustling with tourists and life, Bali’s desolate streets are now overrun by military personnel who fine anyone who refuses to wear a face mask.
Alarming photos have surfaced of soldiers walking the streets of Denpasar handing out fines of 100,000 rupiah ($ 9.30 AUD) to anyone without a face covering.
Soldiers have also been seen setting up COVID-19 checkpoints on the Indonesian island, as cases of the deadly virus continue to grow and burden the country.
The military is now a common sight on the streets of Bali. The local population will be fined 100,000 rupiah if they go outside without a face mask
Masks were made mandatory in April, but fines were imposed in Bali earlier this month. Pictured is a man wearing a face mask in Denpasar
On Monday, municipal police officers are seen at a coronavirus checkpoint in Denpasar. Anyone who refuses to wear a mask will be fined
Face masks have been mandatory in public in Indonesia since the beginning of April.
Authorities previously devised a series of punishments for those who refused to comply, including performing push-ups and buying a kilogram of rice to go to Bali’s local population who had been badly affected by the pandemic.
Some police officers even made offenders dance.
At the end of August, Balinese governor Wayan Koster announced that those who disobeyed would now be fined.
“This ordinance is a follow-up to presidential instruction that aims to make people more orderly and disciplined in implementing health protocols as an attempt to prevent the transmission of COVID-19,” he said.
A man is fined 100,000 Rupiah on Monday without wearing a face mask in Denpasar, Bali
Soldiers keep an eye on the Balinese who pass through a COVID-19 checkpoint in Denpasar
A police officer takes money handed over by a Balinese resident who has been caught without a mask. Previously, officers had residents who weren’t wearing masks do push-ups or dance
Bali was set to welcome international tourists from Friday, but has since announced that it has been postponed to the end of the year.
“The Indonesian government could not reopen its doors to foreign travelers until the end of 2020, as we remain a red zone,” Mr Koster said in a statement last month.
‘The situation is not conducive to the admission of foreign tourists to Indonesia, including Bali.
‘Bali cannot fail because it can negatively affect the image of Indonesia, including Bali, in the eyes of the world, which could be counterproductive to the recovery of travel.’
The popular holiday destination is now struggling to make up for the heavy loss in tourism.
Bali attracted 6.3 million foreign visitors in 2019 – 3.6 percent more than a year earlier – but that number has since crashed due to travel bans for the corona virus.
This week, residents in Denpasar, Bali, are seen practicing with face masks. Indonesia has recorded more than 197,000 COVID-19 cases and 8,000 deaths
According to Statista.com, only 880,000 foreign tourists reached Bali in June this year.
The lack of visitors has forced many businesses to close, including hotels and storefronts in Kuta.
Since then, images have emerged of monkeys taking over hotels and jumping from balconies into pools.
About 81 percent of Balinese households have been economically affected, the nonprofit Kopernik found.
In a report In June, it found 44 percent of those surveyed had lost their jobs permanently or temporarily and that 56 percent had a drop in income.
Indonesia has had 197,000 cases of the deadly virus and 8,130 deaths.
Monkeys have taken over abandoned Bali hotels enjoying the empty space and pool (pictured in June)
The tourist hotspot attracts millions of foreign visitors every year, which grew by 3.6 percent in 2019 to 6.3 million. Pictured: a woman in Kuta, Lombok, Indonesia