The Jakarta Police have promised to act firmly against entertainment establishments that violate opening hours during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which starts in the middle of next month.
Adj. Sr. Comr. Elfian, the police’s director of sociocultural affairs, said on Tuesday that the police would prioritize a policy of engagement with the businesses.
“We hope the management will abide by the rules,” he said. “If they don’t, then we will take action in coordination with the city tourism and culture office.”
He said the number of police personnel to be deployed to enforce the opening hours was still being determined.
Ramadan this year is expected to run from July 19 to Aug. 19. Under a gubernatorial decree, certain entertainment establishments must remain closed from a day before the start of Ramadan until a day after the Idul Fitri holiday that marks the end of the holy month.
Affected establishments include nightclubs, discotheques, saunas, massage parlors, non-hotel bars and slot machine businesses. Karaoke joints and clubs with live music performances may only stay open between 8:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
Arie Budhiman, head of the Jakarta Culture and Tourism Office, said the latest data indicated about 1,200 establishments would be affected. He added that his office would work closely with the police and the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) to enforce the closures and restricted hours.
“The rules will be firmly implemented and we will be assisted by Satpol PP and the Jakarta Police in enforcing the regulations for the sake of allowing Muslims to practice their faith in comfort,” he said.
He added that establishments found violating the rules would be given warnings, temporarily closed or have their permits revoked. Last year, only seven establishments were given a warning, while one was sealed off for the month.