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Bali Authorities Close Down Local Grocery Shop For Not Following Health Protocols

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Tabanan COVID-19 Task Handling Force shut down a local grocery shop for failing to adhere to health and safety protocols. The shop did not contain a hand wash station, additionally, a dozen locals were in the store without wearing face masks. 

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The Head of Tabanan Public Civil Service, I Wayan Sarba said the inspection was conducted during an operation led by Tabanan Covid-19 Handling Task Force on Sunday (7/3).

The shop located in Dauh Peken Village Tabanan was found neglecting the government’s instruction to provide equipment such as a hand-washing station, which all businesses are required to have.

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“We have to close their operation, and the owner of the shop needs to visit our office because they were unable to pay the fine of IDR 1 million (USD 70),” Wayan Sarba said. 

During the operation, Sarba also penalized six bypassers each with USD 7 (IDR 100,000) fine for not wearing face masks in public areas. He also caught and educated another 10 people who didn’t wear their face masks properly by covering their noses.

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He explained that officials must be decisive towards any violations in order to reduce virus transmission in the Tabanan area.

“Tabanan is still considered a red zone area due to a large number of Covid-19 transmission, and those people who ignore the prevention protocols were causing the cases to keep surging,” Sarba concluded.

Meanwhile the Coordinator of Public Information, Putu Dian Setiawan announced that Tabanan had 7 new Covid-19 cases, with 8 recoveries and 1 death on Sunday (7/3).

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