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Bali tourist areas exempted from beer ban

Bali tourist areas exempted from beer ban

The Indonesian Trade Ministry’s new regulation on alcoholic beverages, scheduled to take full effect on Thursday, will not be enforced on Bali as the ministry has decided that tourism areas would be exempted from the ban, according to the Jakarta Post.
On Thursday minimarkets, small vendors and beachside beverage vendors across the country will stop selling beer. Bali administrations, retail associations and vendors had expressed opposition against the beer ban.
Sinar Pohan, a ministry official on legal affairs, said Thursday that a ministerial guideline for the ban indicated that the governor could exempt certain places as areas for selling alcoholic beverages considering the local tourism industry.
“These areas or places should be declared as tourism areas or tourism sites through legislation,” said Sinar during an explanatory meeting in Denpasar.
The guideline stipulated that the type of alcoholic beverages that could be sold in tourism areas were only those with an alcohol content of 1 to 5 percent, type A alcoholic beverages.
“The alcoholic beverages are only to be sold in tourism areas to foreign and domestic tourists older than 21 years of age, which should be proven with an identity card,” he said.


Updated : 2021-09-26 12:29 GMT+08:00