Bali tourists ordered to do squats and push-ups in the street as punishment for not wearing wearing face masks

Abbianca Makoni
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<p>In September, Bali started fining residents caught without a face mask 100,000 rupiah (£5.20).</p> (SATPOL PP/AFP via Getty Images)

In September, Bali started fining residents caught without a face mask 100,000 rupiah (£5.20).

(SATPOL PP/AFP via Getty Images)

Overseas visitors who have breached Bali's Covid-19 rules on mask-wearing have been forced to do push-ups as a form of punishment.

Photos of what has been described as an “unusual” crack-down on rule breakers circulated on social media last week.

While several local news outlets used the phrase "naughty bule" for those who were caught without a mask.

Bule is an Indonesian word for foreigners, especially caucasians, and the spots they tend to visit such as the Badung regency area, where the popular Kuta and Seminyak beaches are located. have become a focus for authorities.

The regency area has recorded some of the highest number of coronavirus health protocol violations in Bali, with 8,864 offences occurring up to this week, according to ABC.

"Most of [the offences] were not bringing their masks, not wearing them properly, and some businesses not applying health protocols," Badung regency Public Order Agency chief I Gusti Agung Kerta Suryanegara told the ABC.

He added that while many of them were local Balinese, 80 per cent of people who had been fined for violating COVID-19 regulations were foreigners, mostly from Europe.

"Some foreigners were found walking on the beach, sitting in restaurants, and riding motorbikes without masks," he went on.

One resident who lives in the region and operates a couple of villas in the area told the US outlet that the breaching of health protocols during the pandemic showed how outsider often did not respect local culture.

Kadek Astika added: "Even before the pandemic we have already seen many foreign tourists, particularly the young ones not following the rules, such as riding bikes without helmets or getting drunk and then involved in brawls on the streets."

In September, Bali started fining residents caught without a face mask 100,000 rupiah (£5.20).

Overall, the Public Order Agency has recorded more than 15,000 offences in Bali since the mandatory mask rule was introduced.