Bali's hoteliers are warning a proposed Indonesia-wide booze ban would scare off Aussie tourists and stop a post-coronavirus economic recovery dead in its tracks.
The prohibition push has been revived by two Islamist political parties -- the United
Development Party and the Prosperous Justice Party -- and nationalist party Gerindra via a bill that has lain dormant since 2016. The law would ban alcoholic beverages ranging in strength from 1% to 55% alocohol. It would be an offence to produce,
store, sell or consume alcoholic drinks.
Draconian penalties ranging from two to 10 years' jail and fines of up to $100,000 could apply for the production, storing, importation and sale of alcohol, while anyone consuming alcohol could be jailed up to
two years or fined up to $5000.
There are said to be plans fore a few exemptions for tourists but nevertheless the risks of being caught up in something illegal will be very offputting.