In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it has been mandatory to wear a mask in many countries around the world for some time. However, if you don’t take the mask so seriously and get caught doing it, you may have to expect a fine. It’s similar on the Indonesian island of Bali, which is popular with tourists. Those who do not wear a mask have to pay a fine of 150,000 rupees (about nine euros). In the event that the perpetrators cannot or do not want to raise the sum, the police officers in Bali have come up with something special. If you can’t pay, you have to do sports – and do up to 50 push-ups.
Videos of the unusual punishment can be found again and again on social networks. If the mask is worn half-heartedly under the nose, 15 push-ups are still due as a penalty, reports the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. If the perpetrators are not fit enough, the pushups can also be replaced by squats, it is said.
In this video on Twitter you can see how the police stop tourists without a mask and subject them to their punishment. However, the law enforcement officials seem to be showing some mercy here as the caught visitors have to do fewer than 50 pushups.
The mask requirement is apparently not taken very seriously, especially by visitors and residents from abroad. The policeman Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara also recognizes this. He told the French news agency “AFP” that “the respect for wearing a mask [vor allem] very low among foreign tourists ”. 90 percent of those warned are therefore “strangers”.
International tourism on the island has actually been paralyzed. Until February 8th, only visitors with a business visa or a diplomatic passport are allowed to enter from abroad. The mask refusers in the video can also be people from abroad who have been working and living on the island for a long time.
In Bali, the infection rate with the new type of corona virus is comparatively low. However, the island is only a small part of the world’s largest island state. According to the data from Johns Hopkins University, almost a million people in the country have already been infected with the virus. 28,000 Indonesians have died in connection with Covid-19. The country recently started its own vaccination campaign against the further spread.