Local vendors on Penimbangan Beach, Buleleng have confronted authorities after refusing to close their businesses from operating during the emergency partial lockdown.
Official from the Galiran Village, Jro Putu Anteng confirmed that his villagers decided to refuse instructions from the Civil Service Office to close their businesses during an inspection that was conducted on Thursday morning around 10:00am. “We’re in a difficult position to enforce the rules as all these people have been relying on their shops to survive, and local vendors decided to confront the officers this morning.” Anteng said on Thursday.
Anteng explained that his villagers proposed to authorities to let them stay operating as the governor has implemented some leniency by allowing small businesses to operate with strict prevention protocols in place. “Our people have already committed to implementing strict prevention protocols while operating, and I think that’s enough. So I hope that the government will give us a solution to this problem, so people will be able to survive in these tough times.” Anteng added.
Meanwhile the Head of Buleleng Civil Service Officers, Putu Artawan initiated an inspection as it was instructed on the Governor’s decree that all the businesses that are located inside the tourist area must be closed during the level 4 partial lockdown in Bali. “It’s an undesirable situation for us too, and I think it’s impossible to enforce this rule especially with the current crisis in Bali.” Artawan said. The officers finally decided to allow the vendors on Penimbangan Beach to keep operating with strict prevention protocols in place.
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