A large crowd of people not following social distancing and some not wearing masks gathered to receive free meals handed out by a local Bali restaurant.
Babi Guling Pan Ana, a restaurant in Denpasar was handing out free rice and extremely cheap portions of suckling pork (IDR 2) which caused the crowds to form.
The desperation for food in Bali is apparent as many locals disregarded COVID-19 protocols just to get a meal.
The restaurant didn’t expect that handing out free meals would get such a massive response from the people.
Videos posted on their social media showed at a large crowd of people queueing up to get food and ignoring health protocols to get a bite to eat.
In another video, the owner of the restaurant, Suandewi (a.k.a Bu Ana) explained that she didn’t expect that so many people would need the meals.
Since they opened at around 5:00pm on Friday afternoon Oct 23rd 2020, 300 meals were given away in 30 minutes.
“We couldn’t handle so many people at the same time, so I apologize for what I was doing” Suandewi said.
The Head of Bali Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya said that after watching the videos he was really worried that it could create a new cluster of Covid-19 transmision.
“I hope that it won’t be a new cluster” said Suarjaya on Friday Oct 23rd 2020.
He also suggested that businesses that want to hand out free meals to help the people should cooperate with the local authorities during the process to avoid creating a crowd.
“It should be the responsibility of Civil Service Police Unit and Police Department Officer to do such thing” Suarjaya concluded.
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