The Jakarta Post
The Beer Garden on Jl. Radio Dalam. (beergardenjkt.com/File)
The head of the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) DKI Jakarta, Yani Wahyu, has asked the Beer Garden in Radio Dalam, South Jakarta, to close its doors during Ramadhan.
“They are prohibited [from staying open] during Ramadhan,” Yani told kompas.com on Monday.
He added that the closure was based on Regional Regulation No. 6/2015 regarding tourism and Gubernatorial Decree No. 18/2018 regarding tourism business operations. According to Yani, discotheques, bars, saunas, fitness centers and karaoke lounges were supposed to be closed during Ramadhan. Exceptions are only made for businesses that are attached to four- and five-star hotels or commercial spaces.
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Yani said the Beer Garden could still operate as a restaurant, but it was not allowed to sell alcohol. “If they operate as a restaurant, it’s not a problem. As long as they don’t open their bar and sell alcoholic beverages,” he added.
Twitter user @Kisuriel posted pictures of Satpol PP officers evicting Beer Garden customers on Friday night. The post went viral and caused an uproar. @Kisuriel said in his post, “I’ve lived in Jakarta all my life and this is the first time I’ve been kicked out of a place that is legally certified to sell alcohol.”
Beer Garden Radio Dalam allegedly does not have a license to sell alcohol. (asw)
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