Florists in Denpasar this Valentine’s Day saw a significant drop in business in comparison to last year. Due to the 9:00 pm curfew posed by the partial lockdown, flower shops were required to close operations earlier than they hoped.
Valentine’s day is typically the peak occasion for florists in Denpasar to earn income by providing fresh flowers as people celebrate the day with their significant other.
This year, however, most florists were impacted by the pandemic as operating hours were limited by the government lockdown.
Normally, florists located along Jalan Sutoyo Denpasar would be packed with customers the day before Valentine’s until late in the evening to order bouquets of flowers. This year, florists had to close operation earlier due to the 9:00 pm curfew as per the partial lockdown.
A florist named Dewi Artini explained that she had no choice but to comply with the rules even though she wanted to remain open as she expected more customers.
“Usually the bouquet of red roses is the most popular flower that people order on Valentine’s Day, and it usually takes two workers to assemble a bouquet of flowers,” said Artini during an interview on Sunday (14/2),
The curfew set by the provincial government restricts community activity which has impacted many businesses in Bali.
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