DENPASAR (Indonesia) • Foreigners caught not carrying face masks on the Indonesian resort island of Bali are being subjected to an uncommon punishment: Push-ups.
Video footage circulating on social media this week exhibits foreigners in T-shirts and shorts being made to do the train in sweltering tropical warmth as masked safety officers stand over them.
Bali authorities made carrying a face masks in public obligatory final yr as Indonesia battled a raging Covid-19 outbreak.
However, scores of foreigners have lately been caught with out face masks, stated safety official Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara.
More than 70 individuals paid a advantageous of 100,000 rupiah (S$9.45), however about 30 others stated they didn’t have the money. Instead, they had been ordered to do push-ups.
Those not carrying a masks needed to do as much as 50, whereas those that had been carrying one improperly had been punished with 15.
“At first, they’d declare that they did not know concerning the regulation,” stated Mr Suryanegara.
“Then, they stated they forgot or that the masks was moist or broken.”
Some Indonesians on the island, which is a pocket of Hinduism on the earth’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, have additionally been hit with the weird punishment.
Bali’s authorities warned that foreigners who break Covid-19 laws could possibly be thrown in another country, though thus far, there have been no stories of anybody being deported for failing to put on a masks.
The island, which has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, stays formally closed to abroad vacationers however is house to many long-term residents from overseas.
A foreigner in Bali doing squats as punishment for not carrying a face masks or for carrying it improperly. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Foreigners residing elsewhere in Indonesia can nonetheless go to Bali.