Share The Story

Gianyar regent I Made Mahayastra has reportedly threatened the closure of the spiritual community House of Om following an event last week that drew a crowd of people who ignored all health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The event soon gained public attention online, especially after it was shared by Indonesian screenwriter Jenny Jusuf on Twitter, who called out the blatant ignorance on her platform. 

group chanting
(Image: Jenny Jusuf - Twitter)

Made Gede Wisnu Wijaya, secretary of the Gianyar regency, confirmed that the regent directly warned House of Om in a meeting this morning, adding that community founder Wissam Barakeh had promised to not make the same mistake again. 

“The presence of guest were unplanned, and the regent has firmly said that if he repeated the act, the sanction will be closure,” Wisnu said.

large group gathering bali
(Image: Jenny Jusuf - Twitter)

House of Om has been blasted on social media since the weekend for allegedly hosting a crowded event last Thursday, following the circulation of photos believed to have been from the event, which showed dozens of people gathering close together with without wearing masks. Many were upset that the spiritual community/holistic school held the event despite the rising number of local transmission cases in Bali.

SPIRITUAL gathering in bali
(Image: Jenny Jusuf - Twitter)

Officials said that, during the meeting, Barakeh said he had no intention to violate existing health protocols. However, a now-deleted post on Instagram by House of Om which invited people to join them for the event included their intention to gather more than 100 people “in order to co-create an amazing celebration together.”

deleted instagram post

Bali reported 36 additional COVID-19 cases today, bringing the provincial tally to 1,116, which includes nine deaths. 

Barakeh initially denied that the photos were from the recent event, but  took to Instagram yesterday morning to apologize and claim full responsibility for the event.

Foreign Group In Bali Ignore Health Protocols By Holding Large Spiritual Event

Barakeh confirmed this morning’s meeting with Gianyar regent to Coconuts via WhatsApp

For the latest Bali news, Debate & Gossip join our Facebook Community

Facebook Comments