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251 nightclubs in West Jakarta to close down during Ramadhan

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 18, 2018   /   08:58 am
251 nightclubs in West Jakarta to close down during Ramadhan Sense Karaoke parlor in Mangga Dua, North Jakarta. The Jakarta administration has instructed 251 venues to shut down operations during Ramadhan. (Via jakarta.tribunnews.com/Istimewa)

The Jakarta administration has ordered 251 nightclubs, bars and other venues in West Jakarta to stop operating during Ramadhan.

West Jakarta Culture and Tourism Agency head Linda Enriany said those venues should stop operating to honor Muslims who were fasting.

“They should have been closed a day before Ramadhan. We will monitor them,” Linda said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.

She added that the Jakarta administration had explained Gubernatorial Regulation No. 18/2018 on tourism business to the business owners.

However, karaoke and poolrooms are excluded from the regulation.

Executive karaoke pubs can operate from  8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., while family karaokes, which are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages, can operate from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Poolrooms can operate from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., while poolrooms inside a karaoke lounge or pub can operate from 8:30 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.

Nightclubs -- which are located in a commercial area or minimum four-star hotel and far from residential areas, schools, hospitals and houses of worship -- will operate normally.

Linda said the agency would issue warning letters to entertainment establishments that violated the regulation.

Should those places repeat the violations three times, the city administration would shut them down, she added. (cal)