DENPASAR, KOMPAS.com – Foreign tourists falling afoul of Covid-19 health protocols in the Indonesian resort island of Bali are often forced to resort to outlandish methods to get around the rules.
They include a foreign man and a woman, the latter of whom resorted to painting a mask on her face to get into a supermarket. While both of them remained anonymous, they still recorded their actions and won viral fame by uploading it on social media.
The video showed two Westerners heading into a supermarket, only for a security guard to throw them out for violating Covid-19 health protocols. But that was by no means the end of the matter.
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Not having a mask at hand, the woman kept the cameras rolling as she and her accomplice painted the mask on her face. She tried to re-enter the supermarket and actually succeeded, as the guard mistook her blue so-called mask for the real thing.
The couple went on to mock the security guard, and might have gotten away with the stunt if they did not record their actions to YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and was seen on accounts like the @denpasar.viral media page. It also helped the authorities track them down, not least Public Order Agency or Satpol PP head Dewa Darmadi.
“We know which supermarket [the two were at]. We also know that they live in the Tibubeneng area in North Kuta, which is part of the Badung district, and are coordinating with the police and immigration officials to see them” Darmadi said on Wednesday.
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“We regret the incident, and hope the public will come forward and inform us if they come across similar health protocol violations by either foreigners or Indonesians. These stunts are counterproductive and smear the image of tourism in Bali.”
Darmadi warned that foreigners will be fined Rp. 1 million [$68.62], while any repeated offenses will get them deported to their country of origin.
Bali has seen more than its fair share of shenanigans by foreign tourists, much of which have gone viral, especially as strictures imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic left many bored and chafing at the bit.
The tourists’ stunts included plunging motorcycles into the sea, or enlisting their significant others to break them out of holding cells in immigration offices prior to deportation.
(Writer: Imam Rosidin, Bali Contributor Bali | Editor: Robertus Belarminus)
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