The Governor of Bali issued Regulation No. 46 of 2020 that enforces a fine of Rp 100,000 for 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 to prevent and control COVID-19 in the new normal era in Bali on Wednesday (26/8).

The regulation mandates people to wear a mask, always maintain physical distances, and wash hands with soap and running water. It further stipulates that individuals and business operators, managers, organizers, or persons in charge of public places and facilities are mandated to implement health protocols and ensure requisite compliance.

Business operators, managers, organizers, or people in charge of public places and facilities will be fined Rp 1,000,000 for not providing means to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

“In addition to the fine, individuals, business operators, managers, organizers, or persons in charge of public places and facilities can be subject to other sanctions in accordance with ‘Awig-awig‘, ‘Pararem‘ (traditional and customary Balinese rules for behavior and social interaction) or the provisions of Legislation,” Koster stated.

The governor has instructed information on the new regulations to be disseminated. After two weeks, local authorities will deploy law enforcement officers (including from the police and military) to help enforce implementation of the regulations.

The Governor’s regulation also calls for maintaining discipline and enforcing health protocol laws in 15 sectors: public services, transportation, religion and customs, arts and culture, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, trade, bank and non-bank financial institutions, and education institutions, among others.

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