A Bali alcohol ban could mean tourists would not be able to drink alcohol when the island reopens for travel.
While many of West Australians are no doubt going through Bali withdrawals due to travel restrictions, if conservative parties in Indonesia get their way – the Bali we know and love might not be the same by the time travel restrictions open as a Bali alcohol ban is back on the agenda.
Indonesia’s parliament is debating a Bill to ban alcohol from being consumed by residents and tourists on the nation’s many islands.
The Prohibition of Alcoholic Drinks Bill is being proposed by conservative Islam-based United Development Party and the Prosperous Justice Party.
Jakarta Post reported the party is proposing the bill to “keep the public from harm, create order, protect the public from alcoholics and create awareness about the dangers of alcohol consumption”.
The Bill was first proposed in 2016, and would mean people drinking or storing alcohol could be imprisoned for two or fined $5000.
Those selling or producing booze could be thrown behind bars for a whopping ten years behind bars.
But Bali’s hotel and tourism sector has hit out against the proposal, saying it will cripple the already crumbling industry.
Foreign visitors have been barred from entering Bali or any part of Indonesia since April, and evacuated expats living or working in the region in September.
Chairman of the Bali Hotel Association Ricky Putra told the Sydney Morning Herald the laws would devastate the island when it reopened.
“We are currently already struggling with the pandemic, how will we get people to come when our border reopens?” he said.
“How are we supposed to revive tourism in Bali, or in Indonesia? Not only international tourists but also domestic tourists will think ‘why should they go to Bali for a holiday when they can’t even enjoy a bottle of beer?'”
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