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Jakarta Post

Regions differ on Ramadhan policy

  • Apriadi Gunawan, Agus Maryono, Djemi Amnifu and Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 10 2016   /  06:59 am

Regional administrations across the archipelago have taken different approaches to regulating the operation of nightspots during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan.

Most areas, particularly in Muslim-majority cities, have imposed a blanket month-long ban on the operation of nighttime recreation centers. In other cities, however, more lenient policies have been implemented, with venues given the opportunity to continue operating, albeit with reduced or limited opening hours.

Regions that have imposed blanket bans on the operation of bars, nightclubs, karaoke parlors and similar spots over the course of Ramadhan include Medan in North Sumatra, Padang in West Sumatra, Pekanbaru in Riau, Palu in Central Sulawesi, Makassar in South Sulawesi and cities and regencies throughout Gorontalo province.

Meanwhile, regions allowing the continued operation of nighttime entertainm...