As the partial lockdown in Bali and Java has been once again extended, Jebbrana has revised a point on business curfews. As per the initial policy, business operating hours were limited to 9 pm. This largely impacted street food vendors as much of their revenue was generated during the night hours. With the revision, food stall vendors are now able to operate past 9 pm, however, may only offer take-out options.
Upon protest from vendors, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force of Jembrana approved the decision to allow street food vendors to operate longer during the curfew. As The Bali Sun previously reported, the central government recently extended the partial lockdown for another two weeks. In effect, many street food vendors opposed the curfew due to the shorter operating hours.
In response, the Secretary II of Jembrana COVID-19 Handling Task Force, I Gusti Ngurah Dharma Putra said that officials agreed to revise the curfew policy to support small businesses in Jembrana. “The policy is still generally the same, except for the street food vendors. They’re only allowed to provide takeaway services after the 9:00 pm curfew,” Dharma Putra said on Monday (22/2).
In a separate interview, the Spokesman of Jembrana Covid-19 Handling Task Force, I Gusti Agung Putu Arisantha reminded business owners to continue following prevention protocols while operating their businesses. “I hope they will keep complying to stay within the maximum capacity to make it possible for the customer to carry out physical distancing, and also prohibit dine-in service after passing the curfew,” Arisantha concluded.
The officials made this decision in order to revive economic activity while supporting small businesses in Jembrana amid the imposed partial lockdown.
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