Badung Regent, I Nyoman Giri Prasta has decided to stop enforcing the IDR 100.000 fine for not wearing masks. The move comes in defiance against the new law the Bali Governor implemented on Monday.
Prasta said he plans to use an educational approach rather than hit people with fines. Badung is one of the largest districts in Bali with mostly touristy areas from south bali (Nusadua), reaching all the way to Canggu.
Despite the Regent’s new approach for not enforcing fines, he did say officials will be monitoring people to ensure they obey the health protocols.
Coordinating with officers in Badung, Prasta said he will make it a priority to ensure that everyone is wearing mask while going about their daily activities and getting in the habit of using hand sanitizer regularly.
“Fining people will be the last option for the officer if someone has been caught a couple of times with no intention of following the mask order”, Prasta explained.
“Most people has been suffering financially since the pandemic started, so a strict policy with zero tolerance is not the best way to solve this problem in these tough times,” he concluded.