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Many Beach Vendors In Bali Begin To Starve As They’re Unable To Operate During The Emergency Partial Lockdown

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Local vendors at Penimbangan Beach located in Galiran village, Buleleng began to starve as they have become unable to operate due to the implementation of the emergency partial lockdown in Bali.

An official from Galiran village, Jro Putu Anteng confirmed that local vendors who used to operate their small shops on Penimbangan Beach began to complain to authorities as they have no income during the implementation of the emergency partial lockdown that began on July 3rd 2021. “These local vendors became unable to provide for their family since they lost their way of making an income during this partial lockdown.” Anteng said on Monday (5/7).

Officials from Buleleng regional government decided to close the beach from visitors as instructed in the latest decree about the emergency partial lockdown across the island. The lockdown is part of the prevention steps to avoid Covid-19 transmission surges in the Buleleng area. “As far as we know, people are still allowed to open their shops while refusing to accept any dine-in service. But police officers immediately closed down all the vendors on the first day of the implementation.” Anteng added. Anteng admitted that he felt really sorry for the 31 families who had been running small shops on Penimbangan Beach to survive. He also urged Buleleng Regent and the other related institutions to help his residents find a solution to this problem. 

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Meanwhile Buleleng Regent, Agus Suradnyana explained that Penimbangan Beach was closed because the area is considered a tourist attraction site that might potentially create crowds if it remains open during the partial lockdown. After receiving the complaints from Galiran village, Suradnyana immediately responded by making an appointment with several related institutions, including the Buleleng Covid-19 Handling Task Force to discuss a better plan for the emergency partial lockdown implementation for Galiran village.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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